May 26, 2000
Real median weekly earnings rose significantly in the service, sales, farming, and professional specialty occupations, but changed relatively little among the other major occupations in 1999.
The service occupations attained the largest percent increase in weekly median earnings at 11.4 percent. Sales followed with an increase of 9.9 percent, then farming at 7.5 percent and professional specialty at 6.8 percent.
Among the other occupations, real weekly earnings of managers rose by 4.4 percent and earnings of administrative support personnel were up 2.6 percent. The remaining three occupations had increases of 1.4 percent or less.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Increases in real earnings vary by occupation on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2000/may/wk4/art03.htm (visited November 29, 2015).
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