The Average American Continues To Suffer As Cost Of Living Rises Faster Than Wages

Latest findings by PayScale runs counter to the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics data.

Some workers may struggle to pay rent as costs rise, experts say.

Even if the economy is on a roll, many Americans aren’t feeling the benefit.

Real wages effectively declined in 2018, according to figures from the PayScale Index, a formula from the Seattle-based salary comparison site. PayScale said the median wage increases, when adjusted for inflation, were only 1.1% since last year and 1% over the past year. “However, the modest uptick in nominal wages failed to bring real wages out of the red for the year,” it said. In fact, when adjusted for cost of living increases, real wages declined 1.3% since the end of 2017, PayScale found.

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