zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / Jun 2, 2017 7:20 PM
If you believe San Francisco Fed President John Williams, the US labor market has almost never been ore robust than it is today. Of course, middle- and working-class Americans who are struggling with levels of financial uncertainty that would be unfamiliar to their parents’ generation don’t necessarily care that the official unemployment rate is 4.4%. They’re too busy struggling to make ends meet when real wages have been stagnant for decades and economic growth is expected to slouch along at 2% for the foreseeable future.
While researching their new book “The Financial Diaries,” Jonathan Morduch and Rachel Schneider followed more than 200 working and middle-class families around for a year and tracked “every dollar of their financial lives.” They found that millions of workers without college degrees, especially those who are paid hourly, or who are paid by commission, experience what they call call income variability – when their pay fluctuates by 25% above or below their average. One of Murdoch and Schneider’s subjects, a truck mechanic named Jeremy, even quit his job to take a lower paying job with a steady salary.
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