Whatcom County’s average weekly wage rose in the third quarter of 2014, but at a slower rate than the national average.
The average local weekly wage was $782, a 2.2 percent increase compared to a year ago, according to the latest data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Whatcom’s average weekly wage ranked ninth highest out Washington’s 10 counties. King County had the highest average weekly wage at $1,452, while Yakima County had the lowest at $658.
Across the U.S., the average weekly wage was $949 in the third quarter, up 2.9 percent compared to a year earlier. The biggest wage increase was in Olmsted, Minn., where wages rose 11.1 percent in one year. The biggest average wage decrease was in Collier, Fla., dropping 3.9 percent.