5 cities where wages are soaring

Nationwide, average weekly pay flattened out last year. But workers in these metro areas saw big gains, driven by the construction and manufacturing industries.

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Jul 29, 2014 6:28AM
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Of course everywhere the wages are high, the cost of living is even higher so you really don't get ahead.
Jul 29, 2014 4:57AM
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Wages up, 1.5% ??   In the meantime, property taxes are at an all time high

and the number of units in the grocery carts diminish since inflation is caus-

ing the price of food products to SKYROCKET.

Jul 23, 2014 7:27PM
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Well it's good to see the Bankers are finally taking a pay cut, after a decade of swindling millions out of their life savings and raking in $20 million dollar bonuses each year while doing it, they need to be put in check. Most should be in prison for what they did.
Jul 29, 2014 6:52AM
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I hate it when the smoke and mirror news do their wishful thinking. Corp America see's it and then prices start going up, even more. What really irks me. Property taxes are drastically increasing. If sales tax "are"  that great why is property taxes skyrocketing? One wish I have. I wish government would learn how to manage money.
Jul 29, 2014 9:40AM
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It doesn't matter about one's political leanings. The math explains it no matter what side you're on. It doesn't take a PhD in economics to understand that in a consumer driven economy, if wages stay flat and prices go up the consumer has less expendable income. Not politics, just simple math.

The economy will never improve until wages start to rise faster than prices. If you get a 1.5% raise, providing you get one at all, and the annual inflation rate is 2% you have actually lost ground by .5%, so your first paycheck after your raise is actually worth,5% less than your first paycheck a year ago. This has gone on for decades and is why we are in the shape we are in now. Raises have been earned and given over the decades but they haven't kept up with or exceeded inflation. So while we were all happy to get our 1.5% raise, we barely noticed the 2% inflation and it has added up over the years.

Kind of like if you have a gallon jug full of water and you add 1 drop a day while at the same time taking out 2 drops a day. Even though you add a drop every day your jug will eventually be empty. That is what's happening to wages in America. When consumers have only enough money to cover the basics the economy grinds to a halt because consumer spending is the fuel that drives the economy. Because of the stagnant wages of the past few decades the economy is running out of fuel.

It used to be that a man could support a family in comfortable style one a single paycheck. Then it began to be that one was not enough so the wife got a PT job. Then that wasn't enough so the wife got a FT job. Today both parents working are  still having a tough time of making ends meet, so one of them or both get a PT job on top of their FT jobs. The next phase if not corrected is total collapse because there are no more providers left in the family and no more hours left in the day to get yet another job.

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America has to be the most complacent country in the world.  Three hundred million of us and we can barely mount a protest.  Once in a while we see a short explosion of emotion (Like Market Basket Stores) but usually nothing sustained.  Or an "Occupy Wall Street" comes along and we let a bunch of disorganized and/or schizophrenics destroy it with their antics.  If you want to do something about your lot in life, there's strength in numbers.  Stop buying from companies with low wages, stop buying from companies that outsource jobs, stop buying foreign products.  Hell America, do something.  If you're waiting for your government to fix it, don't hold your breath.  If you're waiting for somebody else to step in, well your government killed unions.  You're on your own.
Jul 24, 2014 9:21AM
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I have been to the Biloxi region - the water is not blue as shown in the picture.   
Jul 29, 2014 8:35AM
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Nice to see a bright spot in the drab and desperate picture of America.
Oh,  right.  That's not a bright spot,  it where somebody got stabbed and the police used Luminol to find the blood.
I don't know about everybody else,  but I am being bled dry and I see another round of price hikes coming.
The article should highlight the 5 places where somebody with low income can actually live and pay the bills on an ordinary full time income.  What?  There isn't such a place?  Gosh!  Now what?

Jul 29, 2014 9:38AM
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I live in a heavily liberal state, once the worlds 4th largest economy we now lead the nation in people falling into poverty
Jul 29, 2014 10:27AM
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We need to take back our country from corporate America.  They own the politicians and control most of our government.  Our children believe the "American Dream" is gone.  Until we the people control our government again, it just might be gone.
Jul 23, 2014 7:20PM
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Obamaville - where you get twice as many Obama Dollars that are only worth half as much.

 

mmm, mmm, mmm!

Jul 29, 2014 8:06AM
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The wage increases in these areas still don't make up for the added cost of Obamacare driven health insurance cost increases.
Jul 29, 2014 7:27AM
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All a Bull story to pull the wool over our eyes. Like maybe $8 to $10 per hr,that's no wages or PT not being said. Both parties say these are the Big wages now. These are to die wages is all.
Jul 29, 2014 7:39AM
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"Most of the decline in financial sector wages can be explained by firms reshuffling bonus payouts so that large bonuses showed up at the end of 2012, according to Kohli."  The financial section didn't take a hit.  Reshuffling the paperwork so it works in your favor is and then claiming a loss or some psuedo difficulty is pretty much standard practice.  Just sayin'.
Jul 23, 2014 10:48PM
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Now that all incomes have become 'supplemental' maybe more people will choose to actually become stay at home parents, again? LOL, certainly those families with more than one child will do better on food stamps and housing assistance than wasting both parent's time working jobs that can't be bothered to pay a living, let alone a family wage. Screw the minimum wage, too, for we all know, most certainly, that removing wages from the silly little workers grows an economy.


Oh...I forgot...not only are those that work for pay incidental these days, their children are surplus baggage. Rock on USA...you are #1...NOT. Keep on reelecting them useless congress people...they make the budget and Obama gets the blame.

Jul 29, 2014 5:03PM
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What get's me are people who complain of low wages and no jobs as they drive their foreign cars to cell phone retailers to buy Chinese-made cell phones.  When they get home they turn on their Chinese-made TVs, check their Chinese-made answering machines for messages, throw their Chinese-made close down the laundry shoot, and relax on their Mexican-made recliners/furniture.  They go to bed in their Mexican-made bed and set their Chinese-made alarm clock radio.  When they get up, they shower with Mexican-made soap and hop in their foreign car and drive to the gas station to put foreign gas in the tank.  Man...ain't life grand???  No wonder we have crappy wages.  We've outsourced our manufacturing, and what little we have left, we don't support it or buy it. 
Jul 29, 2014 8:13AM
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7-8 hundred a week ? wow wish I made that . I wonder how many here really pull home that amount ?
Jul 29, 2014 8:20AM
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Yes, but you still have to live in Mississippi.  Schools are below "poor" , food is all fried, and all along the beach front in Guifport, the houses (many of them mansions) are all boarded up or in piles of rubble because you can not get home insurance.
Jul 29, 2014 12:31PM
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The only thing I would ask is that these wages be compared to the median cost of living in that area to get a real idea of how much ground people are gaining.  You might also want to throw out any wage gains that are below the national inflation average including food and energy.  An area where the wages grew at 1.5% when inflation is really closer to 1.9% is still a loser.
Jul 29, 2014 9:18AM
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Wheeling, WV is because of the companies doing all the Fracking. The reason the unemployment hasn't changed is because they brought out side people with them to do the work. They are filling up all the rental housing and landlords are very pleased with that. Problem is it does not help the local people in the long run. SUre stores are making more right now, but when it's done........
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