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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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Companies say they want more skilled workers. What's a "skilled worker?"

by Nova Safo Dec 19, 2019
Well, it depends on what sort of job is looking for them.
Woodworkers fall into the skilled workers category.
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Maybe a recession is not as imminent as we think

by Meghan McCarty Carino Apr 23, 2019
Retails sales are up, wages are rising and economists are beginning to revise their thinking.
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African Americans' wages nearly stagnant over decade

by Mitchell Hartman Apr 18, 2019
After adjusting for inflation, black workers' median weekly earnings have risen at a fraction of the pace of wages for white, Hispanic and Asian workers.
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Was February's lackluster job growth a blip or a trend?

by Ben Bradford Apr 4, 2019
With the March jobs figure coming out Friday, what will economists be looking for?
Job seekers arrive at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center for The Opportunity Hiring Fair in Washington, DC, on September 20, 2017.
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Job creation stalls in February as unemployment falls and wages rise

by Mitchell Hartman Mar 8, 2019
Strikingly low job growth weighs strongly on the side of the Fed not raising rates in the coming months.
Strikingly low job growth weighs strongly on the side of the Fed not raising rates in the coming months.
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America's "economic miracle." But for everyone?

by David Brancaccio Feb 6, 2019
President Donald Trump claims uptick in jobs and wages for workers.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump enters a campaign event at the Berglund Center on Sept. 24, 2016 in Roanoke, Virginia. 
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Are wages finally starting to pick up?

by Justin Ho Feb 1, 2019
The January jobs report was the fourth report where average hourly earnings topped 3 percent compared to a year earlier. But do four months of solid gains make a difference to wages across the board?

Fed has to walk fine line on inflation as wages rise

by Mitchell Hartman Nov 2, 2018
U.S. businesses ramped up hiring in October, and wages rose by the largest year-over-year amount in nearly a decade. In the final major economic report before Tuesday’s congressional elections, the government said U.S. employers added 250,000 jobs in October. The…