Wage gains and losses in recoveries, at a glance

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Posted: Aug 15, 2012 11:36 AM

The Associated Press analyzed nine economic recoveries since the Great Depression that lasted at least three years. By most measures, the recovery from the Great Recession of 2007-2009 is the worst. Wage growth has never been weaker in the three years after a recession ended, according to government numbers going back to 1964. Average wages in June were 0.8 percent lower than when the recession ended in June 2009.

Here is the change in the inflation-adjusted wages of production and nonsupervisory employees — who make up about 80 percent of the American work force — in the three years after recessions ended:

1969-1970 +5.1 percent
1973-1975 +2.3 percent
1981-1982 +0.5 percent
2001 -0.1 percent
1990-1991 -0.4 percent
2007-2009 -0.8 percent