Compensation by county
Just a random factoid the Bureau of Economic Analysis which came out with just before the new year with data on compensaton by industry in 2010. Below is what it says for regional counties in terms of average compensation per job. Follow the link for more on the definitions of compensation, which includes more than just wages received. Also note this is compensation per job by place of work, which is different from most labor force stats you see which are complied by place of residence. That makes a big difference when you look at differences across counties within the metro region.
So what will be interesting will be to see when the next round of data comes out for 2011 is if Greene County edges past Allegheny County for the highest average compensation in Southwestern Pennsylvania. The gap between the two counties, which have been #1 and #2 in this list for the last decade, has converged quickly over the last 4 years. Lest anyone jump to conclusions thinking it is somehow all or even mostly shale gas related... if you look back over the decade in this specific data set, which goes back to 2001, you will see that even in 2001 Greene County was solidly #2 in this ranking of highest average compensation among the 10 counties in the region. So it isn't really a new pattern at all, even if it is suprising.
and did you guess right?