The sector including software publishing and telecommunications led the wage growth with a 10.3 percent increase

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Washington’s average annual wage grew 4.2 percent from $52,619 in 2013 to $54,829 in 2014, according to the state’s Employment Security Department.

That was the largest percentage increase since 2007, representing a rise in average weekly wage from $1,012 to $1,054.

The information sector, which includes software publishing, Web search portals and telecommunications industries, led the wage growth with a 10.3 percent increase in its average weekly wage, the department said this week.

The arts, entertainment and recreation sector’s average weekly pay, meanwhile, grew 6.5 percent, while retail trade’s went up 4.3 percent.

The figures include only wages that are covered by unemployment insurance.

The Employment Security Department, which uses the average annual wage to calculate unemployment benefits, said the minimum weekly unemployment benefit — calculated at 15 percent of the average weekly wage — will increase from $151 to $158 for new claims opened on or after July 5.

The maximum weekly benefit — calculated at 63 percent of the average weekly wage — will increase from $637 to $664.

The department, which also uses the average annual wage to compute employers’ unemployment taxes, said that beginning in 2016, employers will pay unemployment taxes on the first $44,000 paid to each employee, up from $42,100 in 2015.