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Wage gains through the fourth quarter of 2002

October 31, 2003

The average weekly wages of all workers covered by State and federal unemployment insurance (UI) programs were $739 in the fourth quarter of 2002, an increase of 1.7 percent from the same quarter in 2001.

Over-the-year percent change in average weekly wages, selected industry sectors, fourth quarter 2002
[Chart data—TXT]

Among private sector industries, mining had the largest growth in weekly wages from the fourth quarter of 2001 to the fourth quarter of 2002, with a 5.3 percent gain. This was followed by utilities (4.1 percent), arts, entertainment, and recreation (3.6 percent), real estate and rental leasing (3.5 percent), and educational services (3.4 percent).

Management of companies and enterprises was the highest-paid sector in the fourth quarter of 2002, with average weekly wages of $1,304. Still, management of companies and enterprises was the only industry sector to record an over-the-year decline in average weekly wages in the fourth quarter of 2002, falling by 0.9 percent. The decline in this sector had a minimal effect on the U.S. average weekly wage since the sector accounted for only 2.3 percent of total covered wages in the fourth quarter.

These data are from the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages program. For more information, see Wages and Employment: Fourth Quarter 2002 (PDF) (TXT), news release USDL 03-376.

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Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Wage gains through the fourth quarter of 2002 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2003/jul/wk2/art03.htm (visited December 18, 2014).

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