January 27, 2000
In 1998, workers in Jacksonville, North Carolina, recorded the lowest average annual pay of any metropolitan area in the country at $19,815.
Yuma, Arizona, had the second lowest, at $19,891. Low annual pay levels also were found in McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas ($20,717), Myrtle Beach, South Carolina ($20,762), and Brownsville-Harlingen-San Benito, Texas ($20,962).
In contrast, average annual pay of employees in metropolitan areas nationwide was $33,381 in 1998. Average annual pay in nonmetropolitan areas was $24,997
These data on average annual pay are a product of the BLS Covered Employment and Wages program. Pay data presented here are for workers covered by State and Federal unemployment insurance programs. Annual pay differences among areas may reflect many factors, including the industrial and occupational mix of jobs and pay levels within industries or occupations. Find additional information in "Average Annual Pay Levels in Metropolitan Areas, 1998,"
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Jacksonville, NC, has lowest annual pay on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2000/jan/wk4/art02.htm (visited November 26, 2015).
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