GRAPH: As Wages Stagnate, The Typical American Family Is Working 26 Percent Longer Than In 1975
his past Friday, Brookings Institution scholars Michael Greenstone and Adam Looney released new research on the Up Front Blog detailing how Americans are working longer hours than ever, but not netting higher wages for hours worked.
The researchers shockingly found that “although median wages for two-parent families have increased 23 percent since 1975, the evidence suggests that this is not the result of higher wages. Rather, these families are just working more. In 2009, for instance, the typical two-parent family worked 26 percent longer than the typical family in 1975.” They illustrate this with the following graph: