Where's the wage growth?

Jan 10, 2020
In December, wage gains slowed from earlier in 2019, with average hourly earnings up 2.9% year over year.
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U.S. adds 136,000 jobs; unemployment hits 50-year low of 3.5%

Oct 4, 2019
The U.S.-China trade war has slowed hiring, and average hourly wages have slipped.
Job seekers wait in line to speak with Amazon recruiters and other company volunteers about job opportunities at Amazon during a career fair held at Vertiport Chicago on September 17, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. The event was one of several Amazon career fairs held across the country today as the company attempts to fill more than 30,000 full and part-time positions.
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Labor Department deregulation expected to pick up steam after Acosta

Jul 12, 2019
Analysts say that under the new acting secretary, Patrick Pizella, deregulation is likely to quicken.
Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta gives a press conference at the U.S. Department of Labor on July 10, 2019 in Washington, D.C.
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Jobs report to top the agenda after the July 4 holiday

Jul 4, 2019
The big question: Is the trade war affecting hiring?
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Slowdown in employment is broad-based

Jun 7, 2019
But it's too soon to say the 10-year economic expansion has run its course.
Economists say some of the pullback in employment last month may be due to uncertainty about U.S. trade policy. Above, workers process cattle near the U.S.-Mexico border in Santa Teresa, New Mexico.
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Data show a job market that's slowing, or at least pausing

Dec 7, 2018
Two numbers in the Labor Department’s jobs report Friday seem to indicate the job market might be slowing down a bit, or at least hitting the pause button. First, what it calls the U-6 unemployment rate: It measures total unemployment, including…

For some workers, big pay raises. Others, not so much.

Aug 3, 2018
Bank tellers, truck drivers and bartenders are among those in high demand.
Commuters make their way through Grand Central Terminal during evening rush hour in New York City.
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With unemployment so low, where are the workers coming from?

Aug 3, 2018
The U.S. economy created 157,000 jobs in July. The unemployment rate dipped to 3.9 percent. The last time was saw unemployment that low? The year 2000. What does all of this mean for wages? And for businesses looking to hire…
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Is the job market as good as it was at the end of the Clinton administration?

Jul 20, 2018
Unemployment is as low as it was at the end of the Clinton era, but other measures of job market recovery are still lagging.
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Tight labor market vexes retailers looking to hire for holidays

Jul 20, 2018
The number of people filing for unemployment benefits has fallen to its lowest point since 1969, according to data released by the Labor Department Thursday. These numbers are another sign of a tight labor market. And they’ve got retailers thinking…

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