EUGENE, Ore. — The Bureau of Labor Statistics says wages across the country were on a downward trend last year. The bureau compared wages from the fourth quarter of 2010 to the fourth quarter of 2011 and found that the average weekly wage across the nation dropped 1.7 percent. Oregon fared better, showing just a .2 percent decrease.
Of Oregon’s six largest counties, Lane County has the third highest wages — an average of $738 a week. Jackson County in southern Oregon ranked the lowest.
Worksource Oregon says these numbers have seen a slight turnaround — the first quarter of 2012 saw a 6.5 percent increase in wages.