A report issued this morning from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics highlights the impressive wage growth in Benton County, Arkansas.
The report provided data from the fourth quarter of 2014. Nationally, the average weekly wage increased 3.5 percent over the course of 2014. Benton County had the largest increase in the country, with average weekly wages rising 9.9 percent.
The county seat is Bentonville, which is of course home to Walmart, the Crystal Bridges museum, and a growing set of downtown restaurants and businesses; it’s also increasingly becoming a home for tech startups.
Also in the report: employment increased in 319 of the 339 largest U.S. counties over the course of 2014.