Dallas County Health and Education Workers Lose Ground on Wages

Dallas County education and health services employees lost ground in pay during the second quarter of 2012, in new figures released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. However, the local average still was significantly higher than elsewhere in the U.S. and in Houston.

The average weekly wage for an education and health services worker in Dallas County was $964 in April-June 2012, which was 1.7 percent lower than the average wage in the second quarter of 2011. Local employment rose 2.8 percent in the sector to 172,700.

Nationally, wages rose 1.4 percent in education and health services to an average weekly wage of $847 and jobs grew by 2 percent. In Harris County, wages grew in that sector by .4 percent to an average weekly wage of $898.

Collins County led local counties with a 4.1 percent job growth, making it the 19th fastest-growing U.S. county in job creation. Denton County ranked 24th in the nation with 3.7 percent job growth. Dallas County ranked 44th at 3.2 percent job growth, and Tarrant was 86th with a 2.4 percent growth rate.

Steve Jacob is editor of D Healthcare Daily and author of Health Care in 2020: Where Uncertain Reform, Bad Habits, Too Few Doctors and Skyrocketing Costs Are Taking Us. He can be reached at steve.jacob@dmagazine.com.

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