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Whatcom wages rise faster than national average in fourth quarter

The average weekly wage was up 5.6 percent in the fourth quarter compared to a year earlier, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The average weekly wage was up 5.6 percent in the fourth quarter compared to a year earlier, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Bellingham Herald

Whatcom County wages jumped in the fourth quarter but still remain low compared to other Washington metro counties.

The average weekly wage was $848 in Whatcom County during the last three months of 2015, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s up 5.6 percent compared to the fourth quarter, above the national average of 4.4 percent.

Even with the boost in wages, Whatcom County continues to rank ninth out of the 10 most populous Washington counties, according to the data. At $1,429, King County has the highest average weekly wage, while Yakima County has the lowest, at $740. Benton and Snohomish counties each have average weekly wages topping $1,000.

Dave Gallagher: 360-715-2269, @BhamHeraldBiz

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