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Regional compensation pattern.

In March 2000, workers in private industry in the Northeast received the highest wages and salaries per hour of any region. The average wages and salaries of private industry workers were as follows:
Northeast $16.37
West 15.45
Midwest 13.91
South 13.09

Moreover, the average cost to private employers of benefits also was highest in the Northeast. Workers in the private sector in the Northeast were paid $6.30 per hour on average in benefits, $0.87 more per hour than in the West, $0.98 more than in the Midwest, and $1.58 more than in the South.

Additional information is available in "Employer Costs for Employee Compensation, March 2000," news release USDL 00-186.
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Publication:Monthly Labor Review
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Date:Aug 1, 2000
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