Wages and Wage Growth

Full Employment means not only a job but fair pay and benefits.

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Living Wage Calculator, MIT
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Job Quality Index  Monthly assessing private job quality. It measures desirable higher-wage/higher-hour jobs versus lower-wage/lower-hour jobs.

Median real weekly earnings of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees, private sector

Source: https://fred.stlouisfed.org/graph/?graph_id=1248424

Idle rich baffled by poor people’s distaste for dangerous, low-paying jobs,  Frauenfelder, BoingBoing 6/23

New Treasury Report Finds Corporate Concentration, Anti-competitive Practices Have Stifled Wages for Workers and Reduced their Power in the Marketplace 3/22

Identifying the policy levers generating wage suppression and wage inequality, Mishel & Bivens, EPI 5/21

Black-white wage gaps are worse today than in 2000,  Gould, EPI 2/20

Low-wage work is more pervasive than you think, Ross & Bateman, Brookings, 11/19

The lost ones: The opportunities and outcomes of white, non-college-educated Americans born in the 1960s, Borella et al, 5/19

Grand Theft Paycheck: A detailed analysis of federal and state court records shows that wage theft is pervasive in Corporate America. Good Jobs First, 6/18

The State of American Wages 2017 Wages have finally recovered from the blow of the Great Recession but are still growing too slowly and unequally, Gould, EPI 3/18

Revitalizing Wage Growth: Policies to Get American Workers a Raise, Brookings, 2/18

Why Is It So Hard for Americans to Get a Decent Raise? Weissman, Slate, 1/18

Three years ago, this boss set a $70,000 minimum wage for his employees — and the move is still paying off. Wheeler 8/

Union decline lowers wages of nonunion workersThe overlooked reason why wages are stuck and inequality is growing, Rosenfeld et al, EPI 8/16

‘Middle class’ used to denote comfort and security. Not anymore Quart, Guardian 7/16

Source: The Startling Truth About How Working Families Are Truly Faring In This Economy, Snyder 6/16

Source: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/5d/US_real_median_household_income_1967_-_2014.PNG

Median incomes and local rents vary dramatically across the country. But in most of the United States outside the Great Plains, the former isn’t enough to afford the latter. Wash. Post, 5/16

Poor Wages Send A Third Of US Manufacturing Workers To Welfare Lines In Order To Pay For Food, Healthcare, Young, IBT, 5/16

Understanding the Historic Divergence Between Productivity and a Typical Worker’s Pay: Why It Matters and Why It’s Real — Bivens & Mishel 9/15

The Typical Male U.S. Worker Earned Less in 2014 Than in 1973, WSJ Washington Wire, 9/15

Source: https://research.stlouisfed.org/fred2/graph/?graph_id=284109&category_id=

Current wages are worse compared to the 1970’s.Real Wages 1964-2014











Real Wages 1964-2014
Source: http://www.pewresearch.org/files/2014/10/Wage_stagnation.png

The missing puzzle piece of the global economic recovery is finally falling into place, Bird 6/15

If Employers Can’t Find Workers With the Right Skills Why Don’t They Try Raising Wages? Baker, 6/14

Raising America’s Pay, EPI; Raising America’s Pay: Why It’s Our Central Economic Policy Challenge, Bivens et al, EPI 5/14

Family Budget Calculator, EPI


A Decade of Flat Wages? Rios-Avila & Hotchkiss, Levy P 2014/4, 6/14

Minimum Wage Laws in the States – January 1, 2013 (en español)

Wage Data from State of Working America, EPI, Mishel et al

Assessing the Job Polarization Explanation of Growing Wage Inequality, Mishel et al, 1/13

Going Nowhere: Workers’ Wages Since the Mid-1970s, TCF, 1/13

The 10-Year Decline in Wages for Most College Graduates, Mishel, EPI, 10/12

Unionization Substantially Improves the Pay & Benefits of Latino Workers en español

Vast majority of wage earners are working harder, and for not much more, Mishel 1/13

Median earnings for full-time male workers in 2013: $50,033
Median earnings for full-time male workers in 1973: $52,421 [
2013 dollars] BLS, 1973 is the peak earnings year. For full-time women workers, the peak is 2007.

What Families Need to Get By: 2013 EPI 7/13

Middle-Class Tightrope: It’s More Dire Than The Numbers Show, Hacker, Wash. Post 8/04