Gov. Walker: “Wage growth in Wisconsin outpacing U.S.” – BizTimes Milwaukee

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“I don’t see wage increases stopping anytime soon.”

MADISON – Wisconsin’s average wages for private sector workers have increased faster than the United States for about two years and one industry expert doesn’t see that slowing down any time soon, according to an article by Arthur Thomas in BizTimes Milwaukee.

Wage Growth in Wisconsin outpacing U.S. By Arthur Thomas, BizTimes Milwaukee

Wage gains outpacing the national average are not a one-month phenomena for the state, either. Wisconsin averaged a year-over-year increase of 5.7 percent in the first five months of 2018, compared to 2.7 percent for the U.S. For all of 2017, the state averaged an increase of 3.6 percent, while the country averaged 2.8 percent.

“I don’t see wage increases stopping anytime soon,” Milan said, noting that not long ago, wage increases of 25 or 50 cents per hour were enough, but now some companies are adding $2 or $3 to base wages.

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