Column: Median state wages lag, falling further behind

A few readers of the South Bend newspaper have sent emails complaining that either they do not understand my columns or that I waste their time by not sticking to the facts. That I include some of my conclusions from the data seems to be an irritant.

In deference to these readers, this week I will present only the facts and withhold my observations. I am trusting the facts are sufficiently clear that all readers will be able to draw their own conclusions about our state’s economic performance.

Twice a year, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics collects and then releases data on the number of people in each state working in different occupations. In addition, the bureau calculates the median earnings of those workers.

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