Are Wages Going Up In Your County?

Here’s something off the beaten path:

This chart shows the top and bottom ten counties ranked by their yearly change in average weekly wages (Q3 of 2017 to Q3 of 2018). The full dataset is here, so you can see how your  county is doing. Note that it contains only the 350 largest counties.

The winner is Chatham County, Georgia, which is Savannah and the surrounding area. The biggest loser is Elkhart, Indiana, home of Elkhart and next door to South Bend. Orange County, California, ranks 297th. Apparently my county isn’t doing all that great.

DOES IT FEEL LIKE POLITICS IS AT A BREAKING POINT?

Headshot of Editor in Chief of Mother Jones, Clara Jeffery

It sure feels that way to me, and here at Mother Jones, we’ve been thinking a lot about what journalism needs to do differently, and how we can have the biggest impact.

We kept coming back to one word: corruption. Democracy and the rule of law being undermined by those with wealth and power for their own gain. So we're launching an ambitious Mother Jones Corruption Project to do deep, time-intensive reporting on systemic corruption, and asking the MoJo community to help crowdfund it.

We aim to hire, build a team, and give them the time and space needed to understand how we got here and how we might get out. We want to dig into the forces and decisions that have allowed massive conflicts of interest, influence peddling, and win-at-all-costs politics to flourish.

It's unlike anything we've done, and we have seed funding to get started, but we're looking to raise $500,000 from readers by July when we'll be making key budgeting decisions—and the more resources we have by then, the deeper we can dig. If our plan sounds good to you, please help kickstart it with a tax-deductible donation today.

Thanks for reading—whether or not you can pitch in today, or ever, I'm glad you're with us.

Signed by Clara Jeffery

Clara Jeffery, Editor-in-Chief

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