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Post allowances for most U.S. civilian workers in Europe remained at previous levels, but decreased for some, according to an allowances update posted Sunday on the State Department’s Web site.

In Belgium, the Netherlands and Portugal, post allowances are down between 16 percent and 20 percent. The allowance also fell about 16 percent in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. There were no changes in other European locales.

The State Department Office of Allowances, which administers post allowances, attributed the changes to currency exchange rate fluctuation. The dollar has surged against the euro in recent weeks, and was below $1.47 in mid-day trading in New York for the first time since February. The British pound slumped below $1.87 in mid-day trading Friday to its lowest rate against the dollar since October 2006.

The most recent changes to post allowance didn’t factor in most of the dollar’s jump against European currencies. If the dollar holds, allowances for civilians and troops are likely to fall.


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