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

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDJune 29, 2013 

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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