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Eight years after the Great Recession ended, the economy is steadily churning out jobs, and the unemployment rate is at a 16-year low.Economists have forecast that employers added a solid 177,000 jobs last month and that the unemployment rate remained 4.3 percent, the lowest level since 2001 .Here are five reasons why pay growth has lagged chronically behind job growth for most of the recovery from the recession:It's even harder when memories remain fresh of a time when nearly 9 million people were thrown out of work and the unemployment rate rocketed to 10 percent, as happened during and after the 2008-09 Great Recession.THE PAY SCALEThe recession not only sent unemployment soaring.The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco calculated last year that 80 percent of those formerly part-time workers who obtained full-time jobs did so at wages below the national median level of pay.And people who are unemployed or who have stopped looking altogether are typically hired at wages about 30 percent below the median pay, research has found.
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