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Increase the Average Earnings of Washington Workers

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Why is this a priority?

As annual wages increase, individuals and families are better able to support themselves and their communities. Higher average wages in Washington state are a priority because higher wages lead toreduced poverty, increases purchasing power of workers and reduces expenses for government social programs.

How are we doing?

Green: Average earnings of Washington workersincreased 9.1 percent from 2012 to 2015, going from $51,595 to $56,273.

Analysis (Root Causes)

A combination of forces fueled the increase, including an improving job market, a tightening labor market, low inflation and rising wages. Wage increases were spread across the wage spectrum.

What are we working on?

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