Minimum wage hikes have varying effects across nation

Dec 31, 2018
Twenty states are raising their minimum wages as we usher in 2019.
Workers celebrate outside the Ronald Reagan State Building in downtown Los Angeles on April 4, 2016, after California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that will raise the state's minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022.

Low-wage workers seeing higher paychecks

Mar 9, 2018
The economy is strong, the labor market is tighter, and that’s giving all workers a bigger paycheck. Click the audio player above to hear the full story. 

Workers are seeing wage gains, even in some of the lowest-paid jobs

Jul 20, 2017
We haven’t seen much in wage gains out of recent jobs reports from the Labor Department. The most recent one, for June, showed average hourly wages, as reported by employers, up just 2.5 percent over the past year, not much better than inflation. But another measure of income from the Labor Department, based on a […]

Why construction workers in LA make less than they used to

May 1, 2017
Here's where we talk about diminished unions and immigration.
“Construction employers have been complaining for a while that they can't find enough good people. They haven't as an entire industry raised wages much faster than average, but that may change,” said Los Angeles Times reporter Natalie Kitroeff.
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What killed U.S. productivity?

Jan 10, 2017
Northwestern University economist Robert Gordon argues that new technology can't improve living standards as dramatically as it did 100 years ago.
When productivity slows, employers generate less extra capital from their business activities to boost workers’ pay.

Minimum wage is on the rise in certain states

Nov 18, 2016
There's broad voter support for the hikes, but little political movement in D.C.
A Service Employees International Union member celebrates after California Governor Jerry Brown signed landmark legislation SB 3 into law on April 4, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.
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My Economy: How a single mom makes ends meet

Oct 14, 2016
A low-wage worker shares her experience living paycheck to paycheck.
At $13 an hour, it's hard for Lydia Flores to support her family.
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Record-high job openings but no wage gains to match

Sep 7, 2016
Even as the labor market tightens, employers aren't offering higher salaries to get the workers they need.
Employers advertised a record 5.9 million job openings in July.
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Decline in unions hurts nonunion workers' wages

Aug 30, 2016
The median pay for non-union men without a college degree is about 13 percent lower than in 1979.
Unionization has fallen since the late '70s.
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Behind America's hungry: low wages

Dec 23, 2015
A look at what's driving the increased demand for emergency food assistance.