Wages in Whatcom County up 1.6 percent in second quarter

Wages in Whatcom County increased at a slightly slower rate than the national average in the second quarter of 2014, according to a new federal report.

The average local weekly wage was estimated at $768 in the second quarter, up 1.6 compared to a year ago. The national average increase for that period was 2.1 percent to $940, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Of the 10 largest Washington counties, Whatcom’s weekly wage ranked ninth highest, ahead of Yakima’s $638. Spokane County ranked eighth at $796, while King County topped the list in Washington at $1,235.

Across the U.S. wages, in the second quarter increased in 305 of the 339 largest counties. Midland, Texas had the biggest increase, rising 9 percent for an average weekly wage of $1,269.