LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – Here are five things to know before you go to bed Dec. 9, 2021.

Higher Wages

A new report said workers could see a major pay raise in 2022.

Base pay could increase by an average of 3.9% next year.

That would be the largest one-year hike in 13 years.

Nearly half of the companies sampled said they need to offer higher wages to attract workers given the labor shortage.

Living paycheck-to-paycheck

A new study shows some families making $300-thousand a year are living paycheck-to-paycheck.

A family of four would need a combined income of 300-thousand dollars to live a “comfortable middle-class life in big coastal cities such as New York, San Francisco, and Miami, according to the blog “financial samurai

That is a far cry from the median U.S. income of $67,500 a year.

The biggest expense in the pricey cities is the mortgage and child care.

New Zealand taking steps to ban tobaccoo

New Zealand announces steps to crack down on the tobacco industry a new law that will go into effect in 2027 will essentially ban the sale of cigarettes to the next generation of kids.

 If the new law is enacted anyone born after 2008, will not be able to buy tobacco products in their lifetime.

Yo-yo weather sickness?

Record highs and extreme lows in temperatures may drive you crazy, but it won’t necessarily make you sick according to a medical expert from WebMd.

Drastic changes in temperatures or “yo-yo” weather do not make you sick but they can make you *feel* sick.

The back and forth puts your body under stress which in turn can cause headaches, runny noses, watery eyes, or drowsiness.

Popular dog names

A lot of people got new dogs in 2021.

Rover, an online marketplace, has compiled a list of the year’s most popular dog names.

The top female names are Bella, Luna, Lucy, Daisy, and Zoe.

The top five male dog names were Max, Charlie, Cooper, Buddy, and Milo.

Names that did not make the top five list but grew in popularity were Fauci, Covid, and Zoom.