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Profits Soar as U.S. Corporations Have Best Year Since 1950

New data show earnings jumped 35% in 2021, while workers got an 11% bump.

 

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The numbers are in: 2021 was the most profitable year for American corporations since 1950.

Profits surged 35% last year, according to data published on Wednesday by the Commerce Department, driven by strong household demand, which was underwritten by government cash transfers during the pandemic. In all four quarters of the year, the overall profit margin stayed above 13%, a level reached in just one other three-month period during the past 70 years.