OLYMPIA – According to new data from the Washington Department of Employment Security (DES), workers in Washington saw a substantial increase in their paychecks over the last year.

The information was released by the DES on Wednesday and revealed that the average annual wage of the state’s workforce grew by a whopping 5.5 percent in 2018 to $65,301, representing the largest increase in 12 years. The median weekly wage was also up from $1,190 in 2017 to $1,255 in 2018.

The marked hikes are credited to a surge of 8.0 percent in the state’s total earnings, which inflated by almost $15.8 billion last year.

Along with the uptick in earnings, Washington’s workforce also expanded by over 75,000 in 2018.

Industries which saw the most growth during the year-over-year trend were retail trade, and professional, scientific, and technical services.

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