The Southwest Information Office of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has released, County Employment and Wages in Texas–Third Quarter 2016. The report shows national rankings of wage levels, wage growth, and employment changes for the 344 largest counties in the United States, including 26 large counties in Texas.
Employment rose in 19 of the 26 largest counties in Texas from September 2015 to September 2016, and growth rates for two Texas counties ranked among the top 20 nationwide. Employment gains in Galveston and Williamson Counties, at 4.1 percent each, were the fastest in the state and ranked 18th in the nation.
Average weekly wages in 5 of the 26 large Texas counties were more than 14 percent above the national average of $1,027 in the third quarter of 2016. Harris County led at $1,267 per week.
Texas had a number of low-paying large counties. Three of the four lowest-paying large counties in the United States were located along the border with Mexico: Cameron, Hidalgo and Webb.