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BLS Releases Average Annual Pay


"The average annual pay of all workers covered by State and Federal Unemployment Insurance (UI) programs was $25,903 in 1992, a 5.4 percent increase over 1991, according to preliminary data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor. The annual pay of private industry workers, comprising 83 percent of the nation's employment, rose 5.7 percent, while pay for government workers rose 4.0 percent." Please Note: Comparable data for Wyoming are available in the UI Covered and Federal Jobs Worked, Total Payroll, and Average Weekly Wage Table .

"Among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, District of Columbia led the nation with an average annual pay level of $37,971 in 1992." Connecticut had the second highest level, followed by New York, New Jersey, and Alaska."

"Wyoming's 3.0 percent increase in average annual pay was the smallest. Alaska had the next smallest increase (3.2 percent), followed by Oklahoma (3.5 percent), Delaware (3.7 percent), and New Mexico and West Virginia, each at 3.8 percent. For the 5th straight year, no state reported a decline in average annual pay."

"In general, the average annual pay growth between 1991 and 1992 was significantly higher than the growth reported the previous year, both for the nation and many states. The nation's 5.4 percent increase was 1.3 percentage points greater than the previous year's increase, and the largest reported since 1982. Forty-four of the 50 states and the District of Columbia had higher percent increases in pay during 1992 than in 1991. The higher average pay levels can be attributed, in part, to early bonus and lump-sum payments made by employers during the fourth quarter of 1992; the impact of these payments is particularly noticeable in finance, insurance, and real estate."

SOURCE: United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, NEWS, Thursday, September 16, 1993, USDL 93-372, page 1-2.



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