Tasmanian private sector wages are catching up to price increases, but the news is not so good for public sector workers.
Hobart inflation (the best available measure for Tasmania) increased by 3 per cent in the year to December, Australian Bureau of Statistics figures showed.
The ABS on Wednesday updated its wage price index figures to take in the three months to December.
It showed wages paid for the same work in Tasmania increased by 2.6 per cent annually.
Private sector wages increased by 2.9 per cent for the year to December, leaving private sector wage growth just behind annual inflation.
However, annual public sector wage growth was just 2 per cent, a full percentage point behind living cost increases.
Public sector unions and the state government have been locked in a wages battle for months, with the government offering 2 per cent annual increases.
That has led to industrial action and schools and in the health system.
In the year to December, Tasmanian private sector workers did better on wages growth than such workers nationally.
The national increase was 2.3 per cent.
Tasmanian public sector workers' wage increase, as measured by the wage price index, lagged the national public sector increase of 2.5 per cent.
Overall, Tasmanian wages have tended to grow at a slightly quicker rate than national wages since 2016, going by the wage price index.
Tasmanian average wages remain well below the national average.
State Treasury considers the wage price index more meaningful than average weekly earnings because it covers wage rates for specific positions and is not affected by changes in industries' relative shares of the labour market or the split between full-time and part-time work.
Nationally, workers in health and electricity, gas, water and waste services and arts and recreation services had the strongest wage growth in the December quarter.