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For the biggest group of American workers, wages aren't flat. They're falling.

For the biggest group of American workers, wages aren't flat. They're falling.

The average hourly wage paid to a key group of American workers has fallen from last year when accounting for inflation, as an economy that appears strong by several measures continues to fail to create bigger paychecks, the federal government said Tuesday.

For workers in "production and nonsupervisory" positions, the value of the average paycheck has actually declined in the past year. For those workers, average "real wages" - a measure of pay that takes inflation into account - fell from $22.62 in May 2017 to $22.59 in May 2018, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said.

This pool of workers includes those in manufacturing and construction jobs, as well as...

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