New figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics say the average weekly wage for Arizonans for the second quarter of last year, the most recent available, was $943. That’s up 2.5 percent over the same period a year earlier. But state workers, overall, continue to lose ground nationally.
That $943 compares with $1,020 a week for the rest of the country. More to the point, the BLS reports that national wages increased by 3.2 percent.
Not surprisingly, what people are paid in Arizona depends on where they live.