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WAGES RISE, DESPITE EMPLOYMENT DROP, IN PENNSYLVANIA LAST YEAR

 HARRISBURG, Pa., Nov. 30 ~PRNewswire~ -- Pennsylvania workers earned an annual average of $24,175 in 1991, an increase of 3.9 percent from 1990, while total employment declined almost 2 percent to a total of 4.8 million, according to a report issued recently by the Department of Labor and Industry.
 The report, based upon wages paid to 4.8 million workers in 267,000 industries covered by unemployment compensation insurance, also said total wages paid were $116.5 billion, a 2 percent increase from 1990. Annual pay ranged from an average of $28,901 in Philadelphia to $15,719 in Juniata County.
 Averages for industries varied from $12,537 in retail trade to $35,053 in mining.
 These facts and others are contained in the report, "Employment and Wages by County and Industry," an annual publication by the department's Bureau of research and Statistics.
 The report includes four tables of 1991 wages and employment data on the 95 percent of Pennsylvania's employers who are covered by the unemployment compensation program. Most of those not covered are federal workers or self-employed persons, although federal wages are included in the report for comparison.
 The report, which is available to the public, lists data for the state and for each county, showing the average number of employer units, total workers employed, total wages and annual average wage per covered worker. ("Employer units" are counted as single places of business, such as a store, restaurant or plant, rather than as a single company which may have employees at a number of locations)
 The publication also shows percentage changes from the previous year for employment and wages.
 An introductory section details highlights of the report.
 Anyone interested in obtaining a copy of the report, also known as "Publication #257," may call 717-787-6466 or write to the Department of Labor and Industry, Bureau of Research & Statistics, 12th Floor, Labor and Industry Building, 7th and Forster streets, Harrisburg, Pa. 17121
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 ~CONTACT: Scott Burkett or Susan Hensel of the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, 717-787-7530~


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