State prospered in the '80s|


Data is still emerging to prove that the 1980s was a decade of economic growth and prosperity, and Maryland was among the bellwether states.

Two reports released yesterday -- one focusing on employment trends and the other on salaries -- portrayed a healthy Maryland economy despite a shift in the types of jobs state residents held.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics yesterday ranked Maryland sixth among states with the highest increase in average annual salaries between 1989 and 1990. The average Maryland worker's salary rose from $23,469 in 1989 to $24,730 in 1990, an increase of 5.4 percent.

Marylanders had the 10th highest average salary among all states and the District of Columbia, which was ranked first.

Meanwhile, the Baltimore Regional Council of Governments released a report on employment trends, showing a 20.1 percent increase in the number of jobs in the Baltimore area during the 1980s.

The number of area jobs grew from 1.13 million in 1980 to 1.35 million in 1990, despite a 40 percent decrease in the number of manufacturing jobs in Baltimore alone.

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