A day of labor just doesn’t buy what it used to.

The Real News About Jobs and Wages — An Ode to Labor Day: Bottom line: almost one out of six Americans who need a full-time job either can’t find one or is working part-time. Meanwhile, wage growth among people who have jobs has just about stopped. Robert Reich

On Labor Day and Every Workday, Single Women Struggle to Stay Even: The trend of women in the workforce was climbing before the recession started. Yet now as before the recession, working women are especially vulnerable to economic insecurity — especially the 53 million “women on their own” who are divorced, separated, widowed, or who have never married. Page Gardner

Productivity grows at fastest pace in 6 years, but not wages: Increases in productivity can help boost living standards because companies can increase wages financed by rising output. But during the recession, companies have been using their productivity gains to bolster their bottom lines as many struggle to stay in business. MSNBC

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