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First on CNN: Two out of three workers say prices are still rising faster than wages, new survey shows


Despite inflation cooling from four-decade highs, 67% of employees surveyed say the cost of living is still outpacing their salary and wages. This has left many feeling financially stressed, with just 42% of employees saying they feel financially well, and 64% saying they are stressed. Women, in particular, are feeling the financial pressure, with 23% saying financial stress is keeping them up at night. Employers are now recognizing that having workers who are financially stressed out isn't good for business and are arming workers with financial resources such as budgeting tools and advice from professionals.


What percentage of employees feel that the cost of living is outpacing growth in their salary and wages?
67% of employees feel that the cost of living is outpacing growth in their salary and wages.

How has the feeling of financial well-being changed since February 2022?
The feeling of financial well-being has decreased from 58% in February 2022 to 42% now.

How much is the average family spending on the same goods and services relative to two years ago?
The average family is spending about $700 more per month on the same goods and services relative to two years ago.

What percentage of women feel stressed about their finances?
80% of women report feeling stressed about their finances.

How is the Biden administration being judged for its handling of the economy?
The Biden administration is being judged poorly for its handling of the economy; 44% of Americans say they’re worse off financially under Biden, and 58% of the public say Biden’s policies have made economic conditions worse.

AI Comments

👍 This article highlights the importance of employers providing financial resources to their employees to help reduce financial stress and improve overall productivity.

👎 Despite the cooling of inflation, the cost of living is still outpacing growth in salaries and wages, creating a huge financial burden for many American workers.

AI Discussion

Me: It's about how two out of three workers say prices are still rising faster than wages, according to a survey by Bank of America. Inflation has cooled off in the last year, but people still feel the financial strain. They're stressed out about their finances, and women in particular are feeling the pressure.

Friend: That's really concerning. It shows how the pandemic has affected people's finances and made it difficult for them to keep up with the cost of living. It also highlights how some people have been more impacted than others, especially women and people from certain ethnic backgrounds.

Me: Yeah, it's definitely a worrying situation. It emphasizes the need for employers to provide financial resources to their employees so that they can better manage their finances. The article also shows how President Biden is being held responsible for the economic situation, even though inflation has cooled down.

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Technical terms

A measure of the rate at which the general level of prices for goods and services is rising and, consequently, the purchasing power of currency is falling.
Real Wages
The amount of money a worker earns after taking into account the effects of inflation.
The economic policies of the Biden administration.
A type of retirement savings plan sponsored by an employer that allows employees to save and invest a portion of their salary before taxes are taken out.

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