Labor: Doubts Amid Plenty

U.S. labor has never had it so good — nor been so troubled in the midst of plenty. As orators across the nation delivered their Labor Day speeches this week, a far more eloquent statement of labor's healthy condition could be found in the statistics. The average weekly manufacturing wage has risen to an all-time high of $103. Despite a slight August rise in unemployment to 5.1% of the work force — mainly among young, unskilled, nonunion workers — employment has risen to 72.1 million, and some 275,000 factory jobs have been...

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