ABS Update: Wages rise 0.5 per cent

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The seasonally adjusted Wage Price Index (WPI) rose by 0.5% in the September quarter of 2019, growing at a slightly faster rate than consumer prices over the past year. The WPI throughout the year rose by 2.2%.

2019 through to the September quarter showed a rise of 2.2% for private sector wages and 2.5% for public sector wages, seasonally adjusted.

The largest factor to the rise in wages over the September quarter was jobs in the health care and social assistance industry, which grew by 3.2% through the year to the September quarter.

Victoria had the highest annual growth with a rise of 2.8%, while Western Australia had the lowest of 1.6% for the fifth consecutive quarter.

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