Whatcom County wages in the beginning of 2013 were up slightly compared to a year earlier.
The average weekly wage locally was $802 in the first quarter of 2013, up 1.1 percent compared to the same period in 2012, according to new data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Whatcom ranks ninth highest out of the 10 biggest Washington counties, trailing Spokane County ($814 weekly average) and ahead of Yakima County ($641 weekly average). King County had the highest weekly average in the state, at $1,288.
The U.S. average weekly wage was $989, up 0.6 percent. San Mateo County, Calif., had the biggest weekly wage jump, at 14.8 percent, while Williamson County, Texas, had the biggest drop, declining 13.4 percent.