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Where's the wage growth?

by Mitchell Hartman Jan 10, 2020
In December, wage gains slowed from earlier in 2019, with average hourly earnings up 2.9% year over year.
Women protest for higher wages for fast food workers on March 18, 2014, in New York City.
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Wages grew faster in past expansions

by Mitchell Hartman Jan 10, 2020
When unemployment is low, wages typically shoot up. But wages are growing more slowly than they did 20 years ago.
Even though unemployment is at a 50 year low, wages have room to grow. Above, a Fight for 15 protest in New York.
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Half of Americans got no pay raise this year

by Mitchell Hartman Dec 20, 2019
A Bankrate.com survey of 1,000 people across the country found only 49% of respondents got a raise in 2019.
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Should we be paying closer attention to weekly unemployment claims?

by Andie Corban and Kai Ryssdal Dec 4, 2019
"It's really a measure, I think, of worker confidence in the economy," said Tara Sinclair of George Washington University.
Some states require unemployment insurance claims be filed in person.
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A bright spot on jobs: prime-age workers

by Mitchell Hartman Sep 6, 2019
According to the Labor Department, the employment-to-population ratio for 25- to 54-year-olds hasn't been this high since 2008.
A Walmart cashier rings up purchases as customers look on.
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Job creation has downshifted from last year

by Mitchell Hartman Sep 6, 2019
Labor Department data shows average monthly job creation has slowed significantly since 2018.
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For those out of work, low unemployment numbers don't add up

by Andy Uhler Sep 5, 2019
The U.S. unemployment rate remains historically low. But that does not mean everyone who wants a job has a job.
Sitting at a cafe in North Central Austin, 59-year-old quality control manager, Lisa Donahoe, keeps a color coded spreadsheet to track all the jobs she's applied for over the last three and a half months.
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U.S. adds a solid 164,000 jobs; unemployment rate stays 3.7%

by Associated Press Aug 2, 2019
U.S. employers slowed their hiring in July but still added a solid 164,000 jobs to an economy that appears poised to extend its decade-long expansion.
A 'now hiring' sign hangs on the door of a Staples store in Lower Manhattan, January 4, 2019 in New York City.
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Companies lay off workers even in the best economic times

by Ben Bradford Aug 1, 2019
The unemployment rate is hovering around a 50-year low, but some companies are still shedding jobs.
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Where the Phillips is inflation?

by Sabri Ben-Achour Jul 12, 2019
The Phillips curve, which describes an inverse relationship between unemployment and inflation, just doesn't seem to be working lately.
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