February 2017, Vol. 1

HR Extras

Discrimination charges in Texas lower than last year, but still copious

For the eighth consecutive year, Texas is the state with the most discrimination charges filed in the country, according to a new EEOC report.

Despite filing 231 fewer charges than last year, Texas still led the country in charges based on race, sex, religion, and color. The only category Texas didn’t report the most charges in was national origin, where it came in second.

Once again, California proved it’s not all about state population size when considering the factors for the number of charges filed. Though it has 12 million more residents, California (5,870) had just 63 percent of the amount of charges Texas (9,308) did.

Nationally, the country reported 91,503 discrimination charges, up from 89,778 in 2015. Retaliation charges went up by 2,261, accounting for 45.9 percent of all charges in 2016.

For more on the report, visit the EEOC Website.

Salaries in the United States are up from last year

A news release from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) detailed the wages of the nations’ 111.3 million full-time and salaried workers in the fourth quarter of 2016. The report stated the median weekly earnings were $849, a 2.9 percent increase from the fourth quarter in 2015.

The BLS reported the average hourly wage rose by 10 cents in December to $26.00, the largest annual increase since 2009. Employees in professional and related occupations brought in median weekly earnings of $1,141, up from $1,112 from 2015.

For a full report on salaries and wage earnings from the fourth quarter of 2016, visit the BLS Website