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It’s well-known that American job formation isn’t keeping up with economic growth, but not why. It’s mostly because corporations have been retaining more of their profits and sharing less with their employees, so that household incomes have fallen to historic lows as a share of national income. That has to be reversed, if we are to get back to full employment, and employees are again paid a living wage.

It makes sense economically, since households consume some 70 percent of what is produced, diminished incomes have reduced the public’s demand for the very goods and services that would create more jobs.

So the why is not something we see in everyday headlines. WSJ Marketwatch has said that if 175,000 jobs are added in Friday’s Labor Department unemployment report, then the 135 million jobs total will just bring it back to mid-2008 levels during the Great Recession.

Why…

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