Black Wages Lag Despite US Economic Growth

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A new study found that Black workers have received smaller pay increases in the past few years compared to other racial groups.

A Wall Street Journal analysis of the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics data found that the inflation-adjusted median weekly earnings rose 5.3 percent in the first quarter of 2019 for all US workers, compared to the beginning of the recession in late 2007. The publication’s analysis is based on a four-quarter average of inflation-adjusted weekly earnings. The median pay for US workers was $900 a week, an increase of $46 since 2007, according to the data.

However, the earnings of Black workers rose 1.6 percent, or $11, during the first quarter of 2019, the data found. The weekly earnings for Hispanic workers rose 11.8 percent ($73 a week), according to the Journal. Hispanic workers still earn an adjusted $692 a week, while…

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