Washington workers earning an annual average above $50,000 for the first time; unemployment benefits will increase
Washingtonians, you’re rich. Well, maybe you’re just middle class – but for the first time, the Employment Security Department says you earn an average wage above $50,000.
Washington’s average annual wage grew by 3.4 percent in 2012, to $51,595, surpassing $50,000 for the first time, the department announced Wednesday. The average weekly wage rose from $959 to $992.
These figures include those wages that are covered by unemployment insurance. Much of the increase was driven by a 6.1 percent increase in the number of insured workers earning more than $75,000, the department said in a release.
Overall, the average number …