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One disturbing trick companies use to keep wages flat, even in a strong economy

Wage growth remains stubbornly low — and one trend across many U.S. companies could be contributing to the problem: cutting middle managers.

The U.S. economy added 224,000 new jobs in June, more than most analyst forecasts, the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced last week. Analysts polled by MarketWatch predicted 170,000 new jobs last month.

However, wages were a different story. The average wage paid to American workers rose 6 cents to $27.90 an hour. The 12-month rate of hourly wage gains was unchanged at 3.1%, a figure some economists have said is disappointing.Wages generally increase at a rate of 3% to 4% when the economy is approaching full employment.

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