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Wage Increases

November 26, 2000

California ranked third in average annual pay increase last year. The nationwide average of 4.3% was down from 5.2% in 1998. Percentage increase for workers covered by state and federal unemployment insurance programs, U.S. and selected states in 1999:

Washington: 8.0%

Massachusetts: 6.8

California: 6.3

Colorado: 6.0

Virginia: 5.2

U.S.: 4.3

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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