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The Washington Post article 1 of 2 Full Screen Autoplay Close Skip Ad × A look at the high cost of living in Washington state View Photos Residents of the Washington area, which includes the state capital and surrounding areas, are spending more on their healthcare than their counterparts in other parts of the country.
Caption Residents of Washington state, which is also home to Seattle and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, are paying more than their American counterparts.
In 2016, the average family spent $1,099 per year on healthcare.
But the state spends less than a quarter of that, according to the state’s Health Care Cost Institute.
On average, residents in the metro area spend $3,904 per year, about three times the state average.
The Washington State Budget and Policy Center estimated that Washington residents spend about $1.4 billion a year on their health care, compared to the $1 billion spent by residents of the District of Columbia, $2.5 billion spent in the South and $3.2 billion spent nationwide.
Washington’s high cost is not limited to the healthcare industry.
A recent report by the state Department of Labor found that nearly half of all state employees are paid less than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.
The report also found that Washington’s economy is growing but jobs remain scarce.
Some states, including California and New York, have adopted wage and hour rules that require employers to pay a higher minimum wage for workers.
The state of Washington has not adopted such a policy.
In fact, its current law requires employers to provide health insurance for workers but not those who are employed by their unions.
If enacted, the law would require employers in Washington to provide workers with paid sick leave, a policy that has long been supported by unions.