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Lower-Paying Industries Are Seeing the Fastest Wage-Growth in the U.S.

Lower-paying industries see high pay raises.
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"Joe six-pack gets a raise," proclaim Bank of America Merrill Lynch economists Emanuella Enenajor and Lisa Berlin, commenting on the biggest source of upward pressure on U.S. wages in 2016. The duo found that industries which rank in the bottom 20 percent by pay are seeing incomes rise at a much faster clip than higher-paying sectors.

A back-of-the envelope analysis conducted by Enenajor and Berlin suggests that minimum wage increases in U.S. states this year account for roughly half of the outperformance in wage growth at the lower end.