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Equity Reports Stage Jobs Rise in West

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Employment opportunities were greater for Equity actors in the Midwest and West last season while they were flat for actors in the East, the union announced Friday.

In a report on conditions for the 2005-'06 season, Actors' Equity Association noted work weeks for actors rose by 9.6 percent in the Central Region, 4.5 percent in the West and fell less than 1 percent in the East. A work week is defined as one week of work for one actor. Overall, there were 299,493 work weeks.

In a news release, Equity also stated the average number of union members working in a week was 5,759 (3,667 principals, 1,187 chorus members and 905 stage managers). With more than 45,000 members, approximately 13 percent were employed in any given week.

Other highlights:

* For the season, 17,372 different members were employed, about 38 percent.

* Member earnings totaled $297.4 million; the median annual wages were $7,040.

* Over the past 10 seasons, earnings have increased 57.9 percent, while the number of work weeks has increased 16.5 percent.

For a full report, go to ActorsEquity.org, click on News & Media, and then Annual Study.

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