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Where Wages Rose and Fell the Most This Year

The wage situation across the US has been better in some cities than others. The Brookings Institute ranked the 100 largest metropolitan areas based on the rate of wage changes between the last three months of 2008 and first three months of 2009.

Most of the cities where wages fell are located in New York; the state is home to six of the 10 cities where wages have fallen the fastest this year. The first five cities on each list are shown below. For the full list, visit Forbes.

Where wages fell the most

  1. Rochester, NY: 2.3 percent wage decrease
  2. Syracuse, NY: -2.2 percent
  3. Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY: - 2 percent
  4. New York, NY / Newark, NJ / Edison, PA: -1.5 percent
  5. Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown, NY: -1.5 percent

To see the cities where wages have risen, read more.
Where wages rose the most

  1. Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ: 2.6 percent wage increase
  2. Tulsa, OK: +2.6 percent
  3. Baltimore-Towson, MD: +2.5 percent
  4. Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL: +2.3 percent
  5. Tucson, AZ: +2.2 percent
Source: Getty
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