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Amid a robust February jobs report, concern over stagnant wages
Amid a robust February jobs report, concern over stagnant wages

The economy showed surprising strength last month in the face of a ports slowdown on the West Coast, severe winter weather in the Northeast and a rising dollar overseas. Employers added a robust 295,000 net new jobs in February, and the unemployment rate fell to a post-Great Recession low of 5.5%. "There was a possibility of a February freeze-up, but instead we got a barn-burner of a jobs report," said Mark Hamrick, Washington bureau chief of financial information website Bankrate.com. Still, there was a worrisome reminder in the Labor Department report Friday that the recovery still has a way to go: Americans once again saw just a minimal bump in their paychecks. Average...

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