California average pay up, total compensation down

Californians are getting paid more on average, but total compensation in numerous counties has fallen, according to The Business Journal. Fresno, Tulare and Kings counties all saw total compensation drop, including respective declines of 3 percent, 1.5 percent and 1.9 percent. Meanwhile, the average compensation climbed 2.7 percent, 2.6 percent and 2 percent in those respective counties.

The trend continued in San Joaquin County, where total compensation declined 3.3 percent and payroll figures jumped 2 percent to an average of $51,85, the San Joaquin Record states.

The numbers have fluctuated over the past year due to the increase in unemployment, which has hit construction, home building, finance, insurance and government jobs the hardest.

Rocky payroll numbers are not specific to California alone. In New York County - which is comprised almost entirely by Manhattan - total compensation declined by 11.1 percent, the Business Journal reports. However, average compensation fell as well, down 7.4 percent to $109.028.

As a city, St. Louis witnessed steep declines in both categories, where total compensation dropped 15.9 percent and average compensation fell 11.5 percent.

Nationwide total compensation decreased 3.2 percent in 2009, but average compensation grew by 1.2 percent, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis. 

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