While job growth continues around the state so does wage growth. Oriane Casale (OR-ee-in  cuh-SAL) with the state Department of Employment and Economic Development:

“Wages have shown strong growth during the recovery with increases tracking with this really sharp rise in inflation while high demand low wage jobs are seeing even stronger wage growth than jobs overall.”

Casale says the average hourly wage for all private sectors rose 6.3 percent over the year and 8.7 percent since October 2019.