Local Workers Need a Raise

March 22, 2012 Updated Mar 22, 2012 at 7:47 AM EDT

By WKBW News

March 22, 2012 Updated Mar 22, 2012 at 7:47 AM EDT

Workers in Erie and Niagara Counties are due for a raise according to a new On Numbers report.

Researchers say Niagara was one of the 31 worst counties in the nation for wage growth over the last 30 years.

Average pay went from almost $15,000 in 1980 to almost $36,000 in 2010. That's a growth of 2.99 percent. It ranks worst in New York State and 970th out of 1,000 counties across the country.

Erie County did not fare much better, ranking 717th nationwide. Salaries went from about $14,000 to $41,000, a growth rate of 3.65%.

Goochland County, VA, northwest of Richmond, tops the list of places with the highest wage growth rate.

Santa Clara, CA, and New York City, are at about six percent.

The growth rate in Fairfax, VA and St. Mary's, MD both topped five percent to round out the list. Those figures are for the past 30 years.

If you consider the past ten years, Washington, D.C. has the highest wage growth rate, while Erie and Niagara Counties are still near the bottom.

You can find a link to the complete study at bizjournals.com/buffalo.

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