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Business Insider: Most Americans Saw Their Real Wages Drop In 2021 — Except for Hotel and Restaurant Employees

| Jan 13, 2022

U.S. workers enjoyed the strongest wage gains in decades last year. For the vast majority, it wasn't enough to outpace inflation. Only workers in the leisure and hospitality sector saw real wages — pay adjusted for inflation — grow through last year, Insider calculated. The group enjoyed a huge pay bump of 6.2% in 2021 after accounting for soaring prices. Hotels and restaurants were among the businesses hit hardest by the pandemic and related lockdowns. As the sector has struggled to pull workers back into the fold, firms have significantly lifted wages to ensure they'll be adequately staffed for the return of in-person service.


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