WAGE GAINS

For the first time, real paychecks of households in the middle class are not getting smaller anymore — they’re getting incrementally bigger,This puts a little more strength behind consumer spending because you’re not very dependent on a small core of very wealthy households to power the recovery

Total income for those making less than $12.50 an hour climbed 3.8 percent in the year through October based on a three-month average adjusted for inflation, according to a Nov. 13 report by Goldman Sachs economists. The gain, which takes into account hourly wages, the length of the workweek and employment, exceeded that by any other group and compared with a 2.5 percent increase for those making $45 an hour or more.

A further pickup to around 4 percent is probable over the next six months

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-11-24/jets-are-out-televisions-in-as-u-s-growth-benefits-spread.html?alcmpid=markets

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