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Properly Comparing Worker Compensation and Productivity

Created on July 22, 2013

Properly Comparing Worker Compensation and Productivity

Change since Q1 1973

–7% Average hourly wages (CPI)

+30% Total compensation

+77% Total compensation (using the same measure of inflation as productivity)

+100% Productivity

LINEAR SCALE (1973 = 100)

Source: Heritage Foundation calculations using data from the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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