Capitol Report: There’s only American industry seeing wage growth since the 2001 recession

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It’s the same sad and puzzling story we’ve heard since the end of the Great Recession: wage growth is lower for almost all Americans since before the 2001 recession.

In a post on The New York Times’ Upshot, Ernie Tedeschi, head of fiscal analysis at Evercore ISI, reported he found one exception to this worrisome trend, among rural workers in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana. In this group, wages have recovered to their 2001 pace and now exceed it.

Why is the story behind this surprising trend?

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