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Working America: The Current Economic Situation
Wages Are Down Since the 1970s

In the 25 years prior to 1973, the average real wages of American workers steadily increased. But workers earn less today than they did 25 years ago. Holding buying power constant, the average hourly earnings of production and non-supervisory workers in the U.S. economy fell 9 percent from $14.09 in 1973, to $12.77 in 1998. Our Falling Earnings

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