A decline in Wisconsin’s median wage last year effectively “erased” three years of wage growth, according to a report from a UW-Madison think tank.

The State of Working Wisconsin 2023 report, created by the COWS High Road Strategy Center, explores the latest data on the state’s labor market. Report authors focused on persistent economic inequalities, declining union participation and other factors.

In a section on Wisconsin wages, the report shows the “especially strong” growth seen between 2019 and 2021 was disrupted in 2022. Adjusted for inflation, the state’s median wage fell from $23.27 in 2021 to $22.02 last year, bringing it back to 2019 levels.

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