A job seeker fills out an application during a career fair in San Francisco, California.

A job seeker fills out an application during a career fair in San Francisco, California.

Nearly 3 million new jobs were created in the U.S. last year– by far the strongest annual growth since the great recession. But although many more people are finding work, nearly one third of the new jobs are low-paying positions in sectors like retail, restaurants and home health care. Economists say the increase in these lower wage jobs explains why, overall, average salaries grew by only 1.7 percent last year. The paltry gains underscore the general sense that opportunities for upward economic mobility are limited. Please join us to discuss job prospects and the U.S. economy.

Guests

  • Jonathan Weisman economic policy reporter, The New York Times. Former congressional reporter.
  • Thomas Perez secretary, U.S. Department of Labor.
  • Nell Henderson global central banks editor, The Wall Street Journal.
  • David Wessel director, Hutchins Center on Fiscal & Monetary Policy at the Brookings Institution; author of "Red Ink: Inside the High-Stakes Politics of the Federal Budget."

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