Susan Luzzaro 6:30 p.m., July 31
Government Employees Pull Far Ahead of Private Sector Employees in Pay, Fringes
State and local government workers now rake in an average $39.50 an hour in wages and fringes, compared with a mere $26.09 an hour in the private sector, according to 2007 numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The gap rose $1.02 an hour last year and $2.45 an hour over the last three years. The publication USA Today put together the figures from BLS data. Greatly because of global competition, companies have cut pension benefits and asked employees to pay a larger share of healthcare costs, but few governments have made similar moves.