monopoly_money.jpgWorkers in the Bay Area were the highest paid on average in the nation last year, according to data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The data showed workers in the San Francisco-San Jose-Oakland metropolitan area earned 20 percent more than the national average in 2009, the agency said.

The survey included the nine-county Bay Area, plus Santa Cruz and San Benito counties, in that category, according to bureau economist Todd Johnson.

The data showed above-average wages in all of the employment categories surveyed, but particularly among construction jobs, service jobs, sales, office and administrative jobs, and professionals.

Workers in the Brownsville-Harlingen, Texas metropolitan area on the U.S.-Mexico border were paid the least, earning 79 cents for every dollar earned by workers nationwide, the agency said.

Bay Area workers also were the highest paid in 2008, earning 17 percent more than the national average, according to Johnson.

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  • frenchjr25

    You need to earn more because it costs more to live here. Those of us on SSI, that get the same amount in CA no matter where we live, are pretty screwed in the Bay Area. Most of us don’t get housing assistance from Section 8. We also don’t get food stamps. We are stuck having to live off of $850 a month in a city were a single room can rent for that.

    SSI is not welfare. It’s is supposed to be for people who are permanently disabled and not able to work full-time. It is supposed to keep us out of homelessness and give us some funding so we don’t have to be in institutions.

    Imagine a government that says it costs a certain amount to live the basic life. And then they give the most vulnerable of it’s citizens a little more than half that amount. And they expect them to pay for exactly the same items someone making minimum can barely afford to pay.

    Add to that the high price of housing, food, utilities, and transportation (many of us need our own vehicles because public transit is not able to accommodate our needs).

    This is why people in the Bay Area need, and should be making more.