The Raising of Queens

April 4, 2008 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

While the headline is astonishing, the details are not—

Rise in Wages in Queens Is Almost Highest in U.S.

Buoyed by the boom in the travel and transportation business — much of it dependent on Kennedy International and La Guardia Airports — wages rose faster in Queens than in all but one other county in the country last year, according to the latest figures from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. Between June 2006 and June 2007, the average weekly wage in the borough rose by 12.7 percent to $886, the bureau reported on Wednesday.

Within the city, Queens was the only borough where wages rose faster than in Manhattan. In Manhattan, which has the highest average weekly wage of all big counties in America, the average paycheck grew by 6.4 percent to $1,540, the new figures show….

During the same period, the average wage for all American workers rose 4.6 percent, to $820 a week….

Dr. Martell said he suspected that companies that ship freight in and out of Kennedy accounted for some of the wage increase. He added that he thought growth in Queens was also supported by enterprises started by immigrants from Korea, Bangladesh and other places….

Clayton, a suburban area just south of Atlanta, appears to have little in common with Queens except airports; Clayton is home to Atlanta’s busy Hartsfield airport.

In Clayton County, wages soared 87 percent, to $1,358 a week, according to the report. The average wage there ranked third in the country, behind those in Manhattan and Santa Clara, Calif., the report said.

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