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Factory work used to pay far better that fast-food jobs — but thanks to the labor shortage, the gap is quickly closing, and manufacturers are losing staff

A member of staff works in the kitchen of a McDonald's restaurant in central Moscow.

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Fast-food chains are pushing up wages amid the current labor shortage – and factories are struggling to raise theirs as quickly, which is one of the reasons a stream of workers is leaving the manufacturing industry, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal.

Factories have historically offered better wages than restaurants and retail companies. They still pay workers much higher wages on average, The Journal reported, but fast-food chains are now raising their wages at a much faster rate.

Factories are now struggling to find enough workers to meet the booming details ⇒

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