Gap widens between metropolitan and nonmetropolitan area pay
October 11, 2001
Average annual pay within the nation's nonmetropolitan areas rose by 4.9 percent in 2000, compared with 6.0 percent in metropolitan areas.
The difference between nonmetropolitan and metropolitan pay has gradually widened over the years. In 1990, the difference between metropolitan and nonmetropolitan pay levels amounted to approximately 16 percent. In 1995, the difference was 23 percent and in 2000, nonmetropolitan average annual pay was 26 percent less than pay in metropolitan areas.
Average annual pay in nonmetropolitan areas in 2000 was $27,311. In comparison, annual pay in metropolitan areas averaged $36,986.
These data on average annual pay are a product of the BLS Covered Employment and Wages program. Pay data presented here are for workers covered by State and Federal unemployment insurance programs. Find additional information in "Average Annual Pay Levels in Metropolitan Areas, 2000," news release USDL 01-318.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Gap widens between metropolitan and nonmetropolitan area pay on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2001/oct/wk2/art03.htm (visited November 27, 2014).
Three recent editions of Spotlight on Statistics
Housing: before, during, and after the Great Recession
looks at consumer expenditures on household items, employment in residential construction, prices for household items, and injuries in occupations involved in building and maintaining our homes.
Women veterans in the labor force examines the demographic, employment, and unemployment characteristics of women veterans.
BLS Statistics by Occupation provides an overview of occupational employment and wages with an emphasis on STEM jobs and occupational data by typical entry-level education required.