Whatcom's weekly wage rises in the fourth quarter of 2012


The average weekly wage in Whatcom County rose significantly in the fourth quarter of 2012, according to a new federal report.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the average weekly local wage was $801, a 3.6 percent increase compared to a year earlier. The percentage increase ranked 139th highest out of 329 U.S. counties.

Whatcom County's weekly wage ranks ninth out of the 10 largest counties in Washington, behind Spokane ($809 a week) and ahead of Yakima ($679 a week). King County leads Washington metro areas, at $1,276 a week.

The U.S. average weekly wage rose 4.7 percent in the past year, to $1,000 a week.

Reach DAVE GALLAGHER at dave.gallagher@bellinghamherald.com or call 715-2269.

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