The total compensation generated by Sedgwick County workers continued to fall in 2010, unlike most other big counties in the U.S., according to the national Bureau of Economic Analysis.
Last year the county produced $14 billion in compensation — calculated as all wages, benefits and employer contributions such as health care benefits and 401(k) payments — which was down 1.4 percent from 2009. Because of even sharper job losses, however, average compensation in Sedgwick County actually rose 1.5 percent to $53,580.
The Wichita area has traditionally lagged behind the U.S. economy both going into recession and coming out of recession. That appears to be true again this time. About 80 percent of U.S. largest counties in 2010 saw gains in compensation.