|Metro Area|| Average Annual |
|New York City ||$58,500|
"Williston Economic Development’s deputy
director has the daunting task of tracking job creation in the Williston
area. Shawn Wenko says he likes to see how Williston compares to other
cities in the state. And, it’s probably no big shock that Williston
leads the state in job growth. Wenko says Williams County
created over 12,000 jobs from January 2010 to September 2011.
number doesn’t surprise me. If we could have brought housing online
faster it would probably be even more. The fourth quarter of 2011 will
be faster.” During those same seven quarters Williams County also was number one
in business creation - more than 400 new businesses were created. Wenko
says he doesn’t see any stoppage in the future. “It’s a reflection of
the economic activity out here – we are number one in every area and it
doesn’t look to slow down anytime soon. We will probably pull away even
further from the other counties,” Wenko says.
Williams County also led the state in personal income
increases at the end of the third quarter in 2011. The average weekly
wage was nearly $1,400 in Williams County, just under $71,000 a year.
That’s higher than any other city in the state,” Wenko said."
That might also be higher than any other city or metro area in the entire country
, see chart above of average annual wages by metro area based on data from the BLS
. So it's not just drill, drill, drill = jobs, jobs, jobs, it's also the case that drill, drill, drill = high-paying jobs, high-paying jobs, high-paying jobs. Note also that the jobless rate in Williston and Williams County is an eye-popping 0.9%.