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Tri-Cities Workers Make Six Percent Above National Average

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - The Tri-Cities is a good place to work, and even better for your bank account. A new study finds Kennewick workers make more than the national average.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics survey shows Tri-Cities workers earn six percent more than the national average.

"Our industries are stable, adding jobs and people have an option in finding better and higher paying wages," said Ajsa Suljic with the Employment Security Department.

The economic stability means god business is growing in the Tri-Cities and staying here. The local growth in engineering, architecture, and health care industries is boosting employment and wages.

The City of Kennewick says they are not surprised by the high wages report.

"Higher wages means that we also have higher skilled jobs that we're attracting and that is also going to be a huge plus for people to locate here in Kennewick," said Evelyn Lusignan with the City of Kennewick.

When the recession hit the Tri-Cities thrived. Stimulus money attracted workers and the momentum has not worn off.

"We were able to sustain our economic growth and prosper and add better wages and diversify in our economy," Suljic said.

The financial gains for local workers is not showing signs of slowing down.

"For the future of Tri-Cities it just means that it will hopefully continue diversifying, adding more jobs, more high paying jobs," she said.

The engineering and architecture occupations in the Tri-Cities are 16 percent above the national average. Our science jobs and investment in stem education is paying off and the proof is in the numbers.