While manufacturing workers across Wisconsin have seen rising wages over the past several months, those gains have lagged behind other industries in the state, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The average hourly wage for manufacturing production workers in Wisconsin reached $23.44 in April, an increase of $1.40, or 6.4%, from the same time in 2021. Production workers have seen an average year-over-year increase of 5.6% in the first four months of the year, but the average increase across all sectors in the state is 6.8%.

Wages for all manufacturing workers have not seen quite the same level of growth. In April, the average hourly manufacturing wage was $28.95, a 4.9% increase from the prior year. For the first four months of the year, the average increase was 4%.

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