The U.S. could do with a shot in the arm too.
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Although the Fed delayed raising rates this month, it has signaled it intends to wean the U.S. economy off its unprecedented monetary stimulus. Now the question is whether Congress will take the handoff.
Business Briefing: what to do about low incomes.
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Australia needs to increase productivity in different ways because at the moment living standards are low compared to past years.
Research shows that Roma and other EU migrants don't come to the UK for state benefits.
Want to know how your salary jar stacks up?
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Pay transparency laws are the latest effort to eliminate the still-yawning gap between the salaries of men and women. Do they work?
Wage growth is at its lowest since the measures began.
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Australia's wage growth has been sluggish, but the reasons are more complex than they seem.
Was Anthony Albanese right about truck driver pay and safety?
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Was Shadow Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Anthony Albanese, right to say that evidence shows better pay for truck drivers will improve safety?
Maybe not, if you work on Wall Street.
Falling homeownership rates, stagnant wages and diminishing retirement savings mean that for more and more Americans, the middle-class dream is slowly dying – if it's not already gone.
Will government cuts to tax credits hit Britain’s poorest the hardest?
Plans to stop universal credit payments in favour of a 'national living wage' will not address the long-standing poverty of many people in paid employment.
The Malcolm Turnbull-led government will have to combat a gloomy Australian economic forecast in this year’s election.
The Coalition government will retain power if it can convince both business and voters it understands Australia's economic challenges.
Was Josh Frydenberg right about job growth?
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Energy and resources minister Josh Frydenberg said recently that the latest employment figures show extremely strong job growth, the greatest Australia's had since 2006. Is that right?
Will your share of the income pie get bigger or smaller in 2016?
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Three of our regular writers offer their thoughts on the key economic issues and themes in the new year.
People finishing tertiary education can now expect to take 4.7 years on average to find full-time work.
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Young people's transition to work is prolonged and highly precarious. An entry-level job becomes a career, savings become subsistence, weekend shifts become lifelines. It doesn't have to be this way.
Mine workers walking outside a hostel in Rustenburg. A national minimum wage could help narrow the income gap.
International experiences indicate that South Africa could reduce income inequality by introducing a national minimun wage.
How can workers fight for higher wages in today’s economy?
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The chorus chanting 'America needs a raise!' will undoubtedly grow as Labor Day approaches. They're not wrong, but America needs more than that.
Workers are still feeling a little pinched.
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The July employment report suggests the recent trend of lackluster gains in jobs and wages is continuing, and a rate hike should therefore be off the table for the time being.
Owning a home will remain just a dream for many Australians.
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Treasurer Joe Hockey doesn't believe Sydney housing is unaffordable. The data suggests otherwise.
Most private sector workers are feeling fatter wallets these days because inflation has been so low.
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Inflation-adjusted wages for most private-sector workers are the highest since 1979.
South African Reserve Bank Governor Lesetja Kganyago is the third since the bank adopted a more transparent way of operating.
The South African Reserve Bank is a fine example of clear communication of the decision whether to hold, increase, or decrease interest rates. It also gives clear signals of future decisions.
Despite increases in education attainment, the educated youth in sub-Saharan Africa find that there are no jobs suited to their levels of education.
School enrolment rates in sub-Saharan Africa have increased markedly in recent years, but it is failing its newly educated young by not creating jobs commensurate with their education.
Your name’s not down.
Our immigration expert evaluates the manifestos of 16 political parties, to see how their policies on immigration stack up.