Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Average Pay Rose 3.8 Percent in 1990

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Average Pay Rose 3.8 Percent in 1990

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By Lou Anne Wolfe Journal Record Staff Reporter Oklahoma workers covered by federal and state unemployment insurance programs earned an average $20,187 in 1990, up 3.8 percent from $19,453 in 1989, according to preliminary data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Oklahoma's average private sector pay figure compared to the Southwest regional average of $21,636, and ranked it third among the five states of the region that also includes Texas, New Mexico, Arkansas and Louisiana.

Annual pay data is compiled from reports submitted by employers under unemployment insurance programs covering nearly 109 million full- and part-time workers. Average annual pay is computed by dividing total annual payrolls of employees by the average monthly employment of those workers.

The Southwest regional average pay was up 4.4 percent from $20,728 in 1989. Government workers in the Southwest region earned an average $21,573 in 1990, up 4.2 percent from $20,707 in 1989.

In Oklahoma, employees in the mining sector drew the highest wages, averaging $34,863 in 1990, or a 3.9 percent increase from $33,548 in 1989.

Second-best paid were workers in the areas of transportation, communication and public utilities, who earned an average $29,827 in 1990, up 4.8 percent from $28,474 in 1989.

Third rank on the pay scale went to the manufacturing sector, whose average pay in 1990 was $25,693, up 2.8 percent from $24,990 in 1989. Close behind was the wholesale trade sector, where average pay in 1990 totaled $24,276 and was a 3.7 percent increase from $23,400 in 1989.

The sector with lowest average annual pay in Oklahoma in 1990 was retail trade, whose figure was $11,162, up 2.2 percent from $10,920 in 1989.

Other sector results in Oklahoma were construction, up 4.1 percent to $21,448 from $20,609 in 1989; finance, insurance and real estate, up 3.4 percent to $21,825 from $21,116 in 1989; and services, up 4.7 percent to $17,813 from $17,014 in 1989.

Government workers in Oklahoma earned an average annual salary in 1990 of $20,647, up 4.2 percent from $19,816 in 1989.

The Southwest region's average annual wage increase of 4. …

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