Colorado Springs (AP) New federal statistics show wages and salaries earned by workers in 13 Western states have stayed ahead of inflation over the past five years. The U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics says earnings rose 17.5% between June 2000 and June 2005 in the West, about 4% points faster than the inflation rate in the region during the same period.
Among the four regions in the report, earnings in 12 Midwestern states stayed ahead of inflation by almost 6 percentage points, primarily because prices rose more slowly than in the West.
Nationwide, worker earnings rose 15.8% during the past five years, or three percentage points faster than the rate of inflation.
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