Jonathan J. Higuera

A raise in 2013

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Though not exactly on the level of the raise Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco received with his six-year, $120.6 million deal announced in March, civilian U.S. workers did see their pay go up slightly in 2012.

According to the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, workers’ wages and salaries rose 1.7 percent for the year ending in December. When this is coupled with the increase in benefits (2.5 percent), the total compensation costs for workers rose 1.9 percent.

Private industry workers in metro Phoenix saw their wages rise by 1.2 percent, which did not keep pace with pay increases for workers in the Los Angeles area (2.4 percent), San Francisco area (2.4 percent) and Seattle-Tacoma-Olympia area (2 percent).

As the old saying goes, in Arizona we get part of our pay in sunshine.

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