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US workers’ average wage increases 4% to $28.54 an hour: ADP report

July 25, 2019

US workers’ wages increased 4.0% year over year this month to an average wage level of $28.54 an hour, according to the ADP Workforce Vitality Report released Wednesday. The growth rate represents an increase from the 3.8% year-over-year growth recorded by June’s edition of the report.

Wage gains for manufacturing and construction workers drove growth this month; wages posted 4.4% year-over-year increases in both industries. Manufacturing now has an average wage level of $29.83 and construction of $28.65.

ADP’s report noted information workers’ average wage level rose 4.2% this month to $41.65.

“The tight labor market is pushing companies to pay more,” said Ahu Yildirmaz, co-head of the ADP Research Institute. “As labor shortages are apparent in most of the sectors, the businesses are holding on to their skilled workers by increasing their wages.”

Yildirmaz also noted female job holders are capturing larger wage gains than their male counterparts.

“Since January 2019, female jobholders received average wage gains of 5%, while men averaged wage gains of 4.6%,” she said.

This report has been corrected from a previous version.

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