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American workers have seen little to no real wage growth in the past 30 years. Real (inflation adjusted) hourly wages fell for most Americans in the first half of 2014. Read report

Raising the salary threshold that says who qualifies for time-and-a-half to $984 a week would affect 6.1 million workers—most of them women and minorities. Read the report

Restaurant workers have hourly wages that are 17.2% lower than those of similar workers outside the industry. As such, they are more likely to live in poverty or near-poverty than other workers.  Read the report

Slowing the recovery to combat hypothetical inflationary pressures would leave millions in economic distress. The Fed should pursue policies that will spur full employment and create healthy wage growth. Get the facts


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