Hourly wages tick upward 9 cents

Hours worked decreases; jobless rate for blacks up to 7.7%

Posted: February 3, 2018 at 1:48 a.m.

Grace Ochoa of Performance Food Service (right) talks with a job applicant at a career fair this week in Miami Lakes, Fla. U.S. hourly wages rose 2.9 percent last month and employers added 200,000 jobs, the government reported Friday.

As the unemployment rate has fallen in recent months and the economy has roared, one central question has bedeviled the U.S. job market: Where is the wage growth?

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