Making a living requires a living wage.

When sustained global inflation collides with years of stagnant wages, recent raises don’t mean much—and workers are struggling.

While employers say they’ve increased pay as their top strategy for attracting and retaining workers, data show these increases happened rapidly, over a short period of time, and after several years of minimal growth. Pandemic-related work impacts also reduced earnings for many workers, while pandemic benefits had little to no impact on most workers’ ability to stay out of work. Overall, nearly half (48%) of workers say they do not make enough money to meet their needs.

Pandemic impacts on earnings

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