wages

One in four Americans think poor people don’t work hard enough

America's long held infatuation with hard work might be eating into its understanding of inequality.

What might actually be holding back workers’ wages

Maybe the real problem isn’t lack of growth. It’s that wages didn’t fall enough during the recession.

There’s a big gap between what men and women make in the restaurant industry

The more women get promoted in the restaurant industry, the more likely they are to be underpaid.

Waitresses of the world unite: The tipped minimum wage hasn’t increased in 23 years

Tipped workers in the U.S. have been getting shortchanged for decades.

H&M says it will pay factory workers a ‘fair living wage.’ It doesn’t say what that means.

There are ways of determining what workers need to live, but H&M stays vague.

McDonald’s wages are rising fastest in Russia, and other facts about fast food pay

Putting this week's fast food pickets in context.

Higher productivity used to mean higher wages. Has that broken down?

Wages and productivity aren't coming apart, a study finds. But we need more workers in high-productivity jobs.

Britain is doing well on employment despite a crummy economy. Why?

Britain has had sluggish growth, but an all right labor market. The secret? Paying workers a lot less.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Jun 16, 2013

The March jobs report, in seven charts

We break down the first post-sequester jobs report in all its underwhelming glory.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Apr 5, 2013

Manufacturing jobs used to pay really well. Not anymore.

The premium workers once received for manufacturing jobs over those in other sectors used to be huge. Three graphs show how it's dissipating.

The jobs report in six charts

Life's too short to read jobs reports in full. So follow along as we break down December's report in six easy pieces.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Jan 4, 2013

The soft underbelly of the new jobs report: stagnant pay

The headline figures in the jobs report were positive. But the wage numbers were grisly.

  • Neil Irwin
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  • Nov 2, 2012

The jobs report, in six charts

This month's jobs report was pretty positive. Let's take a deeper dive into the data.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Nov 2, 2012

The middle class isn’t losing more jobs than usual. But it is losing more money.

While middle income people were no likelier to lose their jobs, those that did become unemployed were likelier to take a pay cut once they got another job than people at the top or bottom of the income scale.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Oct 16, 2012

A closer look at the pay gap, in charts

Women are doing a lot better than they were a half century ago. But men's economic privilege has been dented rather than eroded.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Sep 30, 2012

The jobs report in six – nay, seven! – charts

The July job report was an improvement on the previous month's, but still not great. Let's see how it broke down.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Aug 3, 2012

Corporations are saving more and paying less

The University of Chicago's Loukas Karabarbounis and Brent Neiman have an interesting new working paper documenting how corporations have used their money from 1975 to 2007. The short version: corporations started saving more of their income, and paying less of it out in wages.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Jul 27, 2012
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