Phoenix hourly wages lag behind average national pay

Posted at 11:35 AM, Jul 08, 2016
The latest U.S. jobs report showed much promise Friday, suggesting the economy is rebounding from a dismal April and May. The country added 287,000 jobs in June, far more than the 180,000 analysts predicted.
The latest report also showed average hourly earnings grew $0.02 following a $0.06 increase in May. 
More jobs, higher wages, though slightly. Let's celebrate right?
Phoenix-area wages fall short of the national average.
Valley workers are taking home about three percent less than the average U.S. worker according to the latest U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report.  The average worker in the Phoenix area earned $22.45 an hour in May 2015, while the U.S. average was $23.23 an hour.
However, Phoenix beat the national average in the area of Healthcare Support; $37.40 an hour compared to $37.19.  The pay is also higher in Phoenix for Transportation and Material Moving and Personal Care and Service.
Retail workers, customer service reps and food service workers make up the three largest occupations in the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale area.