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A Glimmer of Positive News: Wages Rose for Bottom 10 Percent (Unlike for Everybody Else)


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A Glimmer of Positive News: Wages Rose for Bottom 10 Percent (Unlike for Everybody Else)

Elise Gould

In a report released this week, I found that 2014 continued a 35-year trend of broad-based wage stagnation. Real, inflation-adjusted hourly wages stagnated or fell across the board, with one notable, glimmer of positive news: Unlike the rest of the wage distribution, wages actually increased at the 10th percentile between 2013 and 2014.