Average weekly wages rose in Maine and Cumberland County in the second quarter of 2018, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Credit: Keith Srakocic | AP

The average weekly wage in Maine and Cumberland County rose more than the national average from April to June, according to the latest data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released Wednesday.

The average weekly wage across the state rose 3.6 percent to $843. The percent increase compares the second quarter of 2017 to the second quarter of this year. During that same time period, the national average rose 3.4 percent to $1,055.

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The data covered 53,300 Maine work establishments with a total of 636,800 workers. The number of workers was up 1 percent from June 2017 to June 2018. The national average employment rise over the year was 1.5 percent to 147.4 million.

Among the 349 largest U.S. counties, 340 had over-the-year increases in average weekly wages in the second quarter.

Cumberland County, the only Maine county among the 349, showed an average weekly wage rise in this year’s second quarter over last year’s of 3.6 percent to $944 among 13,700 workplaces. Employment numbers also rose 1.4 percent to 189,900 in the county.

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Maine was ahead of neighboring New Hampshire in both employment and wage growth. New Hampshire’s average weekly wage was up 3.3 percent to $1,049, and employment rose 0.8 percent from June 2017 to June 2018 to 670,800 across 52,700 workplaces.

Vermont saw a higher weekly wage growth of 4.3 percent to $907, but its employment number was down 0.8 percent over the year to 312,400 across 25,600 workplaces.

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