WNC’s average wages inch up, but still trail NC, US

WNC’s average wages inch up, but still trail NC, US

With job creation now occurring at a healthy pace, economists and journalists have turned their attention to wage growth, which has been slow in recent years. But Buncombe County’s average weekly wage in first quarter 2017 surged by eight percent from same period last year, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. Businesses like Asheville’s Patton Avenue Pet Company are getting out in front of the “living wage” debate through a voluntary certification program 400 US firms are now part of.

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