Real wages have still not even increased 1% in the last 2 1/2 years.
Because, as I noted yesterday, so much of consumer inflation, and therefore real wages, depends on gas prices, and oil prices have been – well – crashing for the past several weeks:
we are likely to see a further decrease in inflation, so consumer purchasing power should increase.
Another measure worth updating for business cycle purposes is real M1, which rose to a new high in October:
as the nominal increase in M1 surpassed inflation handily.
Growth in real M1 had been decelerating, and was on the cusp of turning negative throughout the summer. But in the last two months it has rebounded. This is a good lesson in not simply projecting the trend in leading indicators forward — because we never know when that trend may change.