Bulletin staff report

The average employee in Deschutes County in June earned about $50 more per week, an increase of nearly 6 percent over the same period in 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Workers at about 8,300 businesses in the county earned an average of $844 a week in the second quarter, according to data released Tuesday by the bureau. The 5.9 percent increase in average wages over second quarter 2016 put Deschutes County at No. 18 among the 347 largest U.S. counties ranked by percent change.

The average weekly wage in the U.S. was $1,020 in the second quarter, up 3.2 percent from the same period in 2016, according to the bureau.

The greatest percent gain in wages took place in New Hanover, North Carolina, at 11.9 percent, in the year ending June 30. The greatest increase in wages in that period occurred in San Mateo, California, where paychecks gained an average $214.

Employees at businesses in Santa Clara, California, took home the highest average weekly wage in the U.S. in the second quarter, $2,932, the bureau reported.