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Some U.S. government civilians in the Pacific will see a cut in post allowance and living quarters allowance in their next paycheck, according to figures released Sunday by the State Department.

Post allowance for workers in Tokyo dropped from 60 percent to 50 percent of their expendable income. In Yokosuka, it dropped from 35 percent to 30 percent.

The decrease, based on the currency exchange rate, will show in the Aug. 27 paycheck.

Post allowance helps offset the cost of living overseas, and is calculated by comparing the price of goods and services in a foreign location to the price of those same items in Washington, D.C.

Living quarters allowance decreased for those with and those without families in Japan and in Uijeongbu, South Korea.

On Okinawa, the annual LQA rate decreased by $2,000 for civilians with and without families. The rate for civilians with families went from $50,400 to $48,400, and for those without families from $49,600 to $47,600.

In Misawa, for those with families the allowance decreased from $30,500 to $28,400.

In South Korea, the LQA increased slightly in Osan and Seoul, but dropped by $200 in Uijongbu. The rate there for civilians without families decreased from $28,200 to $28,000.

Allowances tables can be found at the State Department Web site: http://aoprals.state.gov


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