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A look at how fast wages are actually rising

“Wages are rising at the fastest pace in decades.”

Wages rose 3.1 percent from December 2017 to December 2018, according to the Labor Department’s Employment Cost Index for civilian workers, a widely watched measure of pay that does not take inflation into account. That is the biggest increase — not adjusted for inflation — since the year that ended in December 2008.

But adjusted for inflation, wages for all workers grew 1.3 percent from December 2017 to December 2018, making the increase only the largest since August 2016, according to the Labor Department.

It’s worth noting that although  real wage gains were higher in 2015 and 2016, that was a period of almost no inflation. So he can claim some credit for decent real wage growth now with inflation back at about 2 percent.

The Economic Policy Institute, a left-leaning think tank, says that nominal wage growth has been below a 3.5 percent target during the recovery. But the White House argued that traditional economic measures do not full capture increases in compensation, such as bonuses, and so real wages have actually increased even more than shown in the economic data.

Live fact-checking and analysis of Trump’s 2019 State of the Union address

President Trump will give his second State of the Union address starting at 9 p.m. Tuesday. He’s expected to call for Congress to pass his immigration policies, and talk about infrastructure, health care, China and Venezuela. The president also is expected to make appeals to “heal old wounds,” according to an excerpt of his prepared remarks.

Here’s a summary of key proposals, pledges or priorities announced by Trump last year and what happened to them.

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