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U.S. productivity plummeted in Q4, and reopening the economy might be why

Mar 4, 2021
The measure fell at the steepest rate in 40 years, but that might not be as ominous as it sounds — if the trend is short term.
Less productive businesses like restaurants have started to reopen, which may be causing national productivity data to decline.
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From financial advisers to restaurant workers — where wage gains are above average

Mar 5, 2020
Average hourly earnings are rising about 3% per year. In some occupations, gains are much stronger.
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A new report says wages are growing, but unequally

Feb 20, 2020
The Economic Policy Institute says the highest earners are getting the biggest raises.
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Is there really a "blue-collar boom"?

Jan 21, 2020
President Trump in Davos celebrated low- and middle-class gains. But staples of the blue-collar workforce, like manufacturing, are not faring well.
President Trump in Davos on January 21, 2020.
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Half of Americans got no pay raise this year

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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Wage gains flatten in September

Oct 4, 2019
Average hourly earnings were unchanged in September, and the annual growth rate fell 0.3% from the previous month.
An employee restocks a shelf in the grocery section of a Wal-Mart Supercenter in 2005 in Troy, Ohio.
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Wage growth stalls in July

Aug 2, 2019
Annual growth in average hourly earnings has fallen back after hitting 3.4% in Feburary, a post-recession peak.
Job seekers look over job opening fliers at a job fair in Pasadena, California in 2009.
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Tight job market hits small business confidence

Feb 13, 2019
Small business owners, who have struggled to find the workers they need, are frustrated.
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Consumer spending increases again. How long will that last?

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Oct 29, 2018
U.S. consumer spending rose for a 7th straight month in September, according the the Commerce Department. Economists expect that trend to continue despite slow wage growth.  

Consumer spending increases again. How long will that last?

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Oct 29, 2018
U.S. consumer spending rose for a 7th straight month in September, according the the Commerce Department. Economists expect that trend to continue despite slow wage growth.