(Original article by Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz of the Chicago Tribune)
Peoria County saw a 24% percent jump in average weekly earnings in the first quarter of 2018, the largest among the 349 largest counties in the United States, according to data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This increase is over six times the national average of 3.7%. In the manufacturing industry, wages rose by an astounding 61%.
Hiring sprees from big companies such as Caterpillar, Komatsu, and competitors for well-paying jobs have fueled the increase. Also fueling the increase is the boom in the construction market. Bradley University’s $90million investment in a new business-engineering complex certainly contributes to this boom.
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