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Post allowance is up for U.S. civilian employees in South Korea, while the rates remain steady in Japan and Okinawa, according to the latest figures posted on the State Department’s Office of Allowances Web site.

Cost-of-living allowances for servicemembers, meanwhile, were unchanged in all three Pacific locations.

COLA and post-allowance changes normally are based on foreign currency exchange rate adjustments. Post allowance is expressed as a percentage of “spendable income,” according to the State Department.

The allowance is designed to help offset the high cost of living overseas and can be modified as often as every two weeks. It varies by location.

The post allowance has increased to 20 percent across South Korea, including Seoul, Taegu, Osan Air Base and Camp Carroll.

For example, the supplement of a civilian employee making $40,000 a year with no dependents will go from about $110 to $145 per pay period. Individuals with three dependents and earning the same amount will get a boost of almost $50 in their next paycheck.

Essentially, the bump in South Korea means U.S. employees there are now paid post allowance at the same rate as counterparts living on or near Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Camp Zama, Yokota Air Base, Sasebo Naval Base, Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni and Misawa Air Base.

Rates are slightly higher for those at Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan, and more than double for U.S. employees working in downtown Tokyo.

For more information on post allowance and the newest rates, visit the State Department’s allowance Web site at http://aoprals.state.gov/

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