Weld’s employment-growth rate leads region

Weld County registered the sixth-best employment-growth rate in the country among large counties from September 2012 to September 2013, according to a report released Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The report compared the 334 counties in the United States with 75,000 or more jobs. Those counties account for 71.4 percent of total U.S. employment and 76.6 percent of wages.

Boulder County was 54th on the list, and Larimer County was 85th. Broomfield County was not considered for the list because it has fewer than 75,000 jobs.

Employment in Weld County, boosted by a booming energy industry, increased to 92,100 jobs, a 5 percent increase compared with a year earlier. That increase was second in Colorado only to Douglas County’s 5.9 percent increase, which was second nationally to Fort Bend County, Texas, which had a 6 percent increase.

Average weekly wages in Weld County were $832, a 4.1 percent increase, which ranked 15th nationally.

In Boulder County, total employment reached 165,800 jobs for an increase of 3.1 percent, while average wages increased 2.4 percent to $1,095 per week. That wage increase ranked 87th nationally.

Larimer County had a 2.5 percent uptick in employment to 138,400 jobs. Larimer’s average wages increased 2.1 percent, 108th in the nation.

Nine Colorado counties made the list, with Weld’s wage increase the best in the state. While Douglas County’s went up, average wages decreased 2.5 percent to $1,032. Denver County had the 28th-best employment gain in the nation.

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