Union erosion was major cause of wage suppression in recent decades: Real median wages (in 2020$), actual and without effect of eroded unionization, 1979–2017

Actual median hourly wage Median hourly wage without union decline
1979 $18.39 18.39
1988 17.83 18.65
2000 18.51 19.69
2017 19.70
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2020

Note: Totals may not sum due to rounding.

Source: Author’s analysis of unpublished tabulations from Thomas Lemieux (2021) using model in Fortin, Lemieux, and Lloyd (2021).

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