Wages are outpacing inflation, driven largely by wage gains for low-income workers. These pay gains have helped close a gap that’s only grown over the last several decades between blue-collar and white-collar employees. The pandemic has helped lead to this wage gain difference as demand has gone up for low income jobs in places like restaurants, hotels and construction.

WSJ explains why blue-collar workers are finally seeing higher gains, and whether they’ll stick around.

0:00 Wage gains for blue-collar workers
0:47 History of white-collar vs. blue-collar jobs
1:52 Wage growth
3:35 The economy

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