In economic news:

Average weekly wages in the United States were $1,067 in the fourth quarter of 2016, according to new Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers. The average was $1,763 in the District of Columbia, $1,352 in Massachusetts, and $1,342 in New York. Mississippi had the lowest average weekly wage, $756 in the fourth quarter. The average was $800 in Idaho and $809 in West Virginia. Louisiana is roughly in the middle of the data set, with an average weekly wage of $914. That figure constitutes a -2.9 percent change from fourth quarter 2015 to fourth quarter 2016. The total U.S. average weekly wage decreased 1.5 percent from the fourth quarter of 2015 to the fourth quarter of 2016 – this is one of only eight declines in the history of the series, which dates back to 1978.

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