Worker wages not keeping up with their productivity

March 17, 2023

Worker productivity constantly increases, but workers don’t feel this with higher wages.

NCR worker productivity increased by 42% over 2012-2021, measured as gross regional domestic product divided by employment. But the minimum wage only went up by 18%, so the productivity increases went to bloating corporate profits. The top 1000 firms soared 68% over that same period.

The minimum wage didn’t keep up with inflation, and the real wage fell by 5%, measured in constant 2018 prices.

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