A Pew Research Center analysis looked at real percentage change in average third quarter weekly wages by metropolitan areas from 2000 to 2015. It showed Springfield had a significant decrease in weekly wage earnings for workers. Real wages decreased 5.4 percent from 2000 to 2015 in Springfield.
According to the analysis of federal wage data, metropolitan areas with U.S. energy production industries benefited most from inflation-adjusted gains in average weekly wages. These included areas like Midland and Odessa, Texas, where oil and gas patches caused an increase in wage amounts for workers.