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Did the jobs report show good news?

Ryan Nunn, policy director of the Hamilton project, explains that despite a lack of growth in real wages, household income is rising. He also discusses how these numbers are calculated and what they signify about the health of the US economy.

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Ryan Nunn

Assistant Vice President for Applied Research in Community Development - Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

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