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Disparity on the Factory Floor

Two Recoveries  A look at U.S. income inequality

Income inequality in the U.S. was the widest in more than four decades last year. The price of saving the nation’s auto industry was to foster such inequality on the factory floors of Detroit: Members of the United Autoworkers union who are newly hired at GM, Ford and Chrysler work for less than the average U.S. manufacturing wage after the union agreed in 2007 to two-tier wage and benefit contracts.

Average U.S. Hourly Wages
Unemployment, poverty and income inequality charts
Sources: Ford Motor Co. union fact sheet and Labor Department

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