Delaware vs. United States
Comparative Trends Analysis:
Average Earnings Per Job Growth and Change, 1969-2017
Introduction
Delaware:
2017 Avg. Earnings = $60,803
U.S.:
2017 Avg. Earnings = $60,660
The United States economy has generated an impressive number of jobs since the 1970s. The contrast between the nation's vigorous employment growth and the modest performance of other major industrial countries is striking. Despite this rosy track record, the real (inflation adjusted) wages and salaries of many workers have stagnated or slipped in recent years. This development has provoked concerns about the quality of new jobs. Structural shifts in the composition of employment--from high-wage goods-producing to low-wage services-related sectors--is the culprit most often cited for the deteriorating quality of jobs.
Regions vary greatly in the make-up of their labor force, in their industry composition of employment, and their economic experience. Reviewing and examining recent developments in average earnings per job in Delaware with comparison to the nation is an important first step in understanding the economic forces at play in Delaware.
Discussion: Average Annual Earnings Per Job are computed by dividing BEA total industry earnings estimates by the BEA total full- and part-time jobs estimates. No convenient or adequate means exist at the state or regional level for converting the job estimates to a full-time equivalent measure. So, interpret the average earnings per job estimates with caution in consideration of the following issues:
Average earnings per job within industries involving more part-time work is lower than industries involving more full-time work, although there could be little difference in the underlying wage of full-time workers. Such differences could also prevail between states and regions. An increase in the proportion of part-time jobs over time may erode average earnings per job estimates, although full-time earnings per worker may have remained unchanged.
As with per capita income, average earnings per job may be subject to extreme short-run variation, especially in smaller states. Major construction projects relating to building dams, nuclear power plants, and private plant construction projects have caused extreme fluctuations in many smaller states. Such changes typify both small and large agriculture-dependent states owing to the extreme annual variations in farm incomes. Also, Since average earnings per job are just a simple average, it does not account for variations in the distribution of earnings among high- vs. low-wage jobs.
Delaware Average Earnings Per Job, 1969-2017
Current vs. Constant Dollars
Delaware Average Earnings Per Job, 1969-2017
Current vs. Constant Dollars
Figure 1.
Figure 1 depicts Delaware's annual average earnings per job over 1969-2017 in current and constant (2012) dollars. Constant dollar measurements remove the effects of inflation. They allow for comparison of changes in the real purchasing power of Delaware over time.
When measured in current dollars, Delaware's average earnings per job increased 700.5%, from $7,595 in 1969 to $60,803 in 2017. When measured in constant 2012 dollars to adjust for inflation, it advanced 51.1%, from $37,947 in 1969 to $57,322 in 2017.
Real Average Earnings Per Job Indices (1969=100): 1969-2017
Real Average Earnings Per Job Indices (1969=100): 1969-2017
Figure 2.
Figure 2 shows Delaware's real average earnings per job growth in a broader context by offering direct comparisons across time with the United States. The growth indices shown here express each region's real average earnings per job in 1969 as a base figure of 100, and the real average earnings per jobs in later years as a percentage of the 1969 base figure. This method allows for more direct comparison of differences in real average earnings per job growth between regions that may differ vastly in size.
Delaware's overall real average earnings per job growth was 51.1% over 1969-2017 trailed the United States' increase of 59.4%.
Average Earnings Per Job as a Percent of the U.S. Average: 1969-2017
Average Earnings Per Job as a Percent of the U.S. Average: 1969-2017
Figure 3.
Figure 3 depicts the trends for average earnings per job relative to the national average by tracing Delaware average earnings per job as a percent of the national average over 1969-2017.
In 1969, Delaware's average earnings per job amounted to 105.8% of the national average; in 2017, it approximated 100.2%.
Delaware Real Average Earnings Per Job:
Annual Percent Change, 1970-2017
Delaware Real Average Earnings Per Job:
Annual Percent Change, 1970-2017
Figure 4.
Figure 4 shows the short-run pattern of Delaware's real average earnings per job growth by tracking the year-to-year percent change over 1970-2017. The average annual percent change for the entire 48-year period is also illustrated on this chart to provide a benchmark for gauging periods of relative high--and relative low--growth against the backdrop of the long-term average.
On average, Delaware's real average earnings per job grew at an annual rate of 0.90% over 1970-2017. The state recorded its highest growth in 2001 (9.41%) and posted its lowest growth in 2008 (-6.69%). In 2017, Delaware's real average earnings per job grew by 0.75%
Delaware Real Average Earnings Per Job:
Annual Percent Change and Decade Averages Over 1970-2017
Delaware Real Average Earnings Per Job:
Annual Percent Change and Decade Averages Over 1970-2017
Figure 5.
Over the past six decades some states have experienced extreme swings in growth, and often such swings have tended to coincide with the decades themselves. Figure 5 again depicts the annual percent change in Delaware's real average earnings per job since 1970, but this time they are overlayed with average growth rates for the decade of the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, and 2010-2017.
During the 1970s, Delaware's annual real average earnings per job growth rate averaged 0.98%. It averaged 0.72% in the 1980s, 2.10% throughout the 1990s, 0.37% during the 2000s, and 0.19% thus far this decade (2010 to 2017).
Real Average Earnings Per Job Growth:
Average Annual Percent Change by Decade
Real Average Earnings Per Job Growth:
Average Annual Percent Change by Decade
Figure 6.
Figure 6 compares the decade average growth rates for Delaware noted in the previous graph with the corresponding decade averages for the nation.
Relative to nationwide real average earnings per job growth trends, Delaware led the nation in the 1970s (0.98% vs. 0.89%), posted below the nation during the 1980s (0.72% vs. 0.72%), recorded above the nation during the 1990s (2.10% vs. 1.67%), trailed the nation over the 2000s (0.37% vs. 0.74%), and fell under the nation over 2010-2017 (0.19% vs. 0.92%).
   
 
Real* Average Earnings Per Job Growth:
Average Annual Percent Change
 
 
 
0.90
0.98
0.72
2.10
0.37
0.19
0.75
 
0.99
0.89
0.72
1.67
0.74
0.92
1.41
 
   

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Delaware:
Average Earnings Per Job, 1969-2017
 
1969
 
7,595
0.200
37,947
100.0
N
105.80
1970
 
7,905
0.210
37,729
99.4
-0.58
104.06
1971
 
8,560
0.218
39,193
103.3
3.88
105.64
1972
 
9,102
0.226
40,298
106.2
2.82
104.73
1973
 
9,863
0.238
41,438
109.2
2.83
105.64
1974
 
10,649
0.263
40,523
106.8
-2.21
107.27
1975
 
11,666
0.285
40,977
108.0
1.12
108.90
1976
 
12,601
0.300
41,960
110.6
2.40
109.11
1977
 
13,463
0.320
42,089
110.9
0.31
108.47
1978
 
14,556
0.342
42,548
112.1
1.09
108.16
1979
 
15,561
0.373
41,774
110.1
-1.82
106.82
1980
 
17,103
0.413
41,450
109.2
-0.78
109.24
1981
 
18,356
0.450
40,830
107.6
-1.50
107.56
1982
 
19,620
0.475
41,343
108.9
1.26
109.06
1983
 
20,598
0.495
41,633
109.7
0.70
108.87
1984
 
21,698
0.513
42,261
111.4
1.51
107.51
1985
 
22,606
0.531
42,546
112.1
0.67
106.99
1986
 
23,173
0.543
42,684
112.5
0.33
104.96
1987
 
24,277
0.560
43,380
114.3
1.63
104.97
1988
 
25,595
0.582
44,015
116.0
1.46
104.87
1989
 
27,212
0.607
44,837
118.2
1.87
106.88
1990
 
28,333
0.634
44,721
117.9
-0.26
106.52
1991
 
29,993
0.655
45,810
120.7
2.43
108.92
1992
 
31,467
0.672
46,813
123.4
2.19
107.11
1993
 
31,767
0.689
46,112
121.5
-1.50
105.54
1994
 
32,957
0.703
46,861
123.5
1.62
106.63
1995
 
33,232
0.718
46,277
121.9
-1.25
105.15
1996
 
34,626
0.733
47,209
124.4
2.02
105.53
1997
 
36,017
0.746
48,265
127.2
2.24
105.26
1998
 
39,035
0.752
51,897
136.8
7.53
108.40
1999
 
41,981
0.763
54,993
144.9
5.97
111.20
2000
 
44,728
0.782
57,171
150.7
3.96
112.09
2001
 
49,876
0.797
62,549
164.8
9.41
120.25
2002
 
51,487
0.808
63,731
167.9
1.89
121.41
2003
 
52,112
0.824
63,275
166.7
-0.71
119.37
2004
 
52,404
0.844
62,082
163.6
-1.88
115.28
2005
 
52,557
0.868
60,541
159.5
-2.48
112.66
2006
 
54,199
0.892
60,779
160.2
0.39
111.88
2007
 
53,898
0.914
58,944
155.3
-3.02
109.14
2008
 
51,797
0.942
54,998
144.9
-6.69
102.99
2009
 
53,201
0.941
56,540
149.0
2.80
106.32
2010
 
54,090
0.957
56,517
148.9
-0.04
103.65
2011
 
57,557
0.981
58,653
154.6
3.78
107.33
2012
 
57,279
1.000
57,279
150.9
-2.34
103.53
2013
 
57,310
1.013
56,549
149.0
-1.27
102.13
2014
 
58,706
1.029
57,069
150.4
0.92
102.31
2015
 
60,233
1.031
58,411
153.9
2.35
103.18
2016
 
59,303
1.042
56,893
149.9
-2.60
100.89
2017
 
60,803
1.061
57,322
151.1
0.75
100.24
Source: Calculations by the United States Regional Economic Analysis Project (US-REAP)
with data provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis
May 2019
REAP_PI_SA1400_1400_PN
 
   

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United States:
Average Earnings Per Job, 1969-2017
 
1969
 
7,179
0.200
35,868
100.0
N
1970
 
7,596
0.210
36,256
101.1
1.08
1971
 
8,103
0.218
37,100
103.4
2.33
1972
 
8,691
0.226
38,479
107.3
3.71
1973
 
9,336
0.238
39,226
109.4
1.94
1974
 
9,928
0.263
37,778
105.3
-3.69
1975
 
10,713
0.285
37,628
104.9
-0.40
1976
 
11,549
0.300
38,455
107.2
2.20
1977
 
12,412
0.320
38,804
108.2
0.91
1978
 
13,457
0.342
39,336
109.7
1.37
1979
 
14,568
0.373
39,109
109.0
-0.58
1980
 
15,657
0.413
37,945
105.8
-2.98
1981
 
17,066
0.450
37,961
105.8
0.04
1982
 
17,989
0.475
37,908
105.7
-0.14
1983
 
18,920
0.495
38,242
106.6
0.88
1984
 
20,181
0.513
39,307
109.6
2.78
1985
 
21,130
0.531
39,767
110.9
1.17
1986
 
22,078
0.543
40,666
113.4
2.26
1987
 
23,126
0.560
41,324
115.2
1.62
1988
 
24,408
0.582
41,973
117.0
1.57
1989
 
25,460
0.607
41,950
117.0
-0.05
1990
 
26,599
0.634
41,984
117.1
0.08
1991
 
27,537
0.655
42,058
117.3
0.18
1992
 
29,378
0.672
43,705
121.9
3.92
1993
 
30,101
0.689
43,693
121.8
-0.03
1994
 
30,909
0.703
43,948
122.5
0.58
1995
 
31,605
0.718
44,011
122.7
0.14
1996
 
32,810
0.733
44,733
124.7
1.64
1997
 
34,218
0.746
45,854
127.8
2.51
1998
 
36,011
0.752
47,876
133.5
4.41
1999
 
37,751
0.763
49,453
137.9
3.29
2000
 
39,903
0.782
51,004
142.2
3.14
2001
 
41,477
0.797
52,016
145.0
1.98
2002
 
42,407
0.808
52,491
146.3
0.91
2003
 
43,657
0.824
53,009
147.8
0.99
2004
 
45,458
0.844
53,853
150.1
1.59
2005
 
46,650
0.868
53,737
149.8
-0.22
2006
 
48,444
0.892
54,325
151.5
1.09
2007
 
49,385
0.914
54,009
150.6
-0.58
2008
 
50,294
0.942
53,402
148.9
-1.12
2009
 
50,038
0.941
53,179
148.3
-0.42
2010
 
52,187
0.957
54,529
152.0
2.54
2011
 
53,628
0.981
54,650
152.4
0.22
2012
 
55,324
1.000
55,324
154.2
1.23
2013
 
56,117
1.013
55,371
154.4
0.09
2014
 
57,382
1.029
55,782
155.5
0.74
2015
 
58,377
1.031
56,610
157.8
1.48
2016
 
58,777
1.042
56,389
157.2
-0.39
2017
 
60,660
1.061
57,187
159.4
1.41
Source: Calculations by the United States Regional Economic Analysis Project (US-REAP)
with data provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis
May 2019
REAP_PI_SA1400_1400_PN
 
   
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