Grayson County’s labor force grew by 3.4 percent between September 2012 and September 2013, with Fannin County not far behind at 2.4 percent. Those numbers were above average for Texas, according to data released last week by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Grayson ranked 81st among Texas’ 254 counties for job growth year-over-year, with Fannin placing 96th.

Grayson County’s labor force grew by 3.4 percent between September 2012 and September 2013, with Fannin County not far behind at 2.4 percent. Those numbers were above average for Texas, according to data released last week by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Grayson ranked 81st among Texas’ 254 counties for job growth year-over-year, with Fannin placing 96th.


Cooke County, meanwhile, saw a minor contraction in its job market, as available work declined by 0.7 percent, or 109 jobs. Those living in the county did enjoy the highest average wages of the three-county region, however, at $859 per week. Salaries in Grayson grew 3.9 percent during the year, to a $755 average, while Fannin pay increased 2.4 percent to $696 on a weekly basis.


The average Cooke County salary was high enough to place it among the top 52 counties in the state, with Grayson ranked 101st and Fannin coming in at 142nd. The rankings translate to an extra $112 in the pocked of the average Grayson worker each month, $64 in Fannin, and $68 in Cooke.


The overall economic picture in Texas qualified as rosy, with Fort Bend (1st), Brazos (3rd) and Denton (8th) among the top 10 fastest growing counties in the United States for job growth. The five highest paying counties in Texas were Carson, Shackelford, Harris, Crane and Sutton, with average weekly salaries between $1,336 and $1,176. The five lowest paying counties were Delta, Real, Menard, Motley and Zavala, ranging between $373 a week and $503.