Engineers are getting the biggest boosts in federal jobs since the financial crisis, according to new data.
Employees working on the ground and in the manufacturing sector saw their wages rise 4.2% last year, according a new report from the Economic Policy Institute.
That was up from 3.8% in 2017.
The overall growth in hourly wages has been modest, but is the highest on record since 2009.
The wage growth was driven largely by increases in the share of workers working in service, manufacturing and construction occupations.
The number of people employed in manufacturing and service occupations jumped by 5.9 million last year to 3.9 percent of the labor force.
Service jobs gained 3.4 million, while manufacturing jobs saw a 5.1 million increase.
The report noted that the number of manufacturing jobs that were created has dropped for three straight years, from 2.9% of the workforce in 2016 to 2.5% in 2018.
The number of workers employed in construction increased by 6.4% last month to 3% of all workers.
Construction jobs are growing at a faster rate than the rest of the U.K. and are expected to grow at a more rapid pace than the U