By  on May 28, 2013

BEIJING — Growth in wages slowed significantly last year for China’s migrant workers, the millions of laborers on whom the country’s massive manufacturing industry depends.

Salaries for migrant workers rose by 11.8 percent last year, half the amount of the sharp rise in wages for migrants in 2011, according to government data released this week. The National Bureau of Statistics said its most recent survey of 200,000 migrant wages showed that they earn an average income of 2,900 yuan, or $473.74 at current exchange rates, per month. The figure rose by 53 percent over three years, in an unusual period of rapid pay raises, led in large part by rising minimum wages across China.

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