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Share of corporate income received by US workers from 1979 to 2015.

from David Ruccio

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This chart illustrates the share of corporate income received by workers (in the form of wages and benefits) from January 1979 through April 2015.

As the Economic Policy Institute explains,

Typically, the labor share rises during recessions because profits fall much faster than wages during downturns. Then, in the early stages of recovery, the labor share falls significantly as profits increase much more rapidly than wages. Usually, the labor share then rises again late in the expansion as labor markets tighten and workers regain the bargaining power necessary to secure wage increases.

As we can see, there is simply no evidence that the labor share has begun any kind of consistent rise from its low (of 73.9 percent in July 2012) during the current recovery.

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