A new report from the U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Labor Statistics ranks Floyd County 5th in Northwest Georgia in average weekly wages for the second quarter of 2017.
Pickens County led the way with an average weekly wage of $837, followed by Whitfield at $808, Bartow at $794, Haralson at $792 and Floyd County at $785.
Statewide, the average weekly wage during the second quarter was $956, 21.7 per cent above the average of any county in Northwest Georgia.
In Floyd County, the average weekly wage for the second quarter, the months of April, May and June, has increased each of the last ten years, up 26.1 percent over the $620 weekly wage during the second quarter of 2007.
“We want to see it continue to increase,” said Rome Floyd Chamber President Al Hodge. “We want Rome and Floyd County residents have their wages and fringe benefits continue to grow.”
The rate of growth over the past decade ranked Floyd county third in the region, behind Pickens where second quarter wages grew at a rate of 43.3 percent, and Haralson County which was up 35.1 percent.
Bruce Jones, professor of economics at Georgia Highlands College, said the rapid rate of growth in Pickens and Haralson counties may be additional evidence of people who work in Atlanta opting to live further out in the country. “They may be moving out that far, and as long as they have an interstate there, they will commute further,” Jones said. Pickens is a straight shot up Interstate 575, while Haralson County offers direct access on Interstate 20. Jones explained that while commuters may face the routine commute hassles, they generally do not have the levels of day-to-day traffic congestion around their homes as they would living closer in to the metropolitan area.
Hodge said more people are actually traveling into Floyd County to work than are leaving the county. “We want to see that continue as well.” Hodge said.