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The truth about Utah wages.

In 1990 the average wage for Utahns covered by unemployment insurance equaled 85 percent of the national average annual pay, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. In average annual pay, Utah ranks No. 40 among all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Why so low? Here are a few facts and dynamics that comprise Utah's unique income situation:

* Utah has the youngest labor force in the nation. Not

only do we have a relatively high proportion of young

people in the state, but Utah's teenagers are more

likely to work than those in other states. Young

people tend to earn less than older people, so their

combined wages reduce the state's average pay

compared to that in other states with a higher number

of older workers.

* Figures for average annual pay include part-time and

temporary workers. Utah has a high share of part-time

workers--24 percent compared to 19 percent


* Costs of living are relatively lower in Utah. Figures

from the American Chamber of Commerce

Researchers Association consistently indicate that it

costs less to live in Utah's metropolitan areas than in

the average U.S. city. Also, workers in Salt Lake have

more spending power than the average U.S.

metropolitan worker. [Graph Omitted]
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Title Annotation:U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics report of 1990 average annual wages
Publication:Utah Business
Date:Mar 1, 1992
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