WBJ's Bob Niedt takes a look at the 20 worst U.S. cities for annual pay growth from 2009 through 2014 based on an intensive examination of BLS employment statistics and data from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis by the Journal's parent company, American City Business Journals. Niedt includes the average pay, in addition to the annual rate of change in terms of local average pay, for each city on the list, from the 20th-worst locale (Colorado Springs, Colo.,) to the worst (Cape Coral-Fort Myers, Fla.).
The WBJ/ACBJ analysis leaves no occupation untouched:
[We dive] into some of the worst cities for year-to-year pay growth across all jobs, [tapping] the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis and its regional price parities data for each city. Regional price parities measure the difference in local price levels of goods and services. Those regional price parities were then used to adjust the average pay for every market to reflect local purchasing power — what you really make.