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Local wages trail regional, statewide averages

Wages of persons working in Gloucester County are way below the regional and statewide averages, according to a recent report by the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission.

Senior economist James Clary said June 30 that weekly wage in Gloucester in 2014 was $592, up from $575 in 2013 and $562 in both 2011 and 2012. That compares to weekly average wage of $839 for the Hampton Roads Metropolitan Statistical Area and $841 for the slightly-different HRPDC territory.

All of those figures pale, the report indicated, when compared to the Virginia state average wage of $1,018 in 2014, up from $998 in 2013.

Clary said the national economy has rebounded from the recession that began about eight years ago, while the local economy has never totally recovered. Sequestration has “stolen our growth,” he said of federal job layoffs and budget uncertainty. Also, Clary said that this region has been hurt by lack of raises to the military in recent years, following lots of salary boost...

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