MarkWatch's Jeffry Bartash reports that although hiring trends in February and March of 2016 skewed toward positions that pay less than the average U.S. wage of $25.43 per hour, long-term data recorded over the past 12 months illustrates a different trend.

Generally, the composition of new jobs generated during the past 12 months has significantly tilts toward better-paying work.

Some 58% of the jobs created from April 2015 to March 2016 paid above the average hourly wage, mainly in white-collar jobs in business and health care. Construction firms also added a lot of hard hats. The gains in higher-paid jobs has taken place despite the loss of nearly 150,000 positions in the energy industry in the past year alone. Workers involved in oil, gas and coal extraction are among the best paid in the country.

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