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U.S. civilians working in Europe will have a little less money in their wallets after their post allowance dropped Sunday.

The decreases are attributed to the dollar gaining value against the euro.

For civilian workers in Germany, post allowance fell about 17 percent. That means a family of four earning about $45,000 a year will receive roughly $52 less a paycheck.

In both Belgium and Spain, that same family will earn about $83 less per paycheck, as rates there dropped 16 percent.

In the United Kingdom, where the post allowance was already a pittance compared to the rest of Europe, the rates plunged 50 percent, dropping from $2,700 to $1,350 a year.

Meanwhile, the cost-of-living allowance given to U.S. servicemembers living overseas, known as COLA, remained the same in most locales.

For more information on the post allowance, go to the State Department’s Web site at: http://aoprals.state.gov/content.asp?content_id=216&menu_id=95

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