Inflation pulling down US real wages

A "We are Hiring" sign hangs at a clothing store in New York City on July 8, 2022. - (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP)

NEW YORK: Federal Reserve (Fed) Bank of San Francisco president Mary Daly said too-high inflation is depressing the real wages of US workers, especially the less advantaged who are bearing “a higher tax” from rising prices.

Inflation is a “corrosive disease, it is a toxin that erodes the real purchasing power of people,” Daly said during a discussion at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.

“An inclusive economy goes both ways: It doesn’t mean just jobs, it means jobs and price stability.”

Fed officials raised interest rates by 75 basis points on Sept 21 for the third straight meeting as they confront inflation near a four-decade high, and forecast additional tightening ahead.

The median projection of the 19 officials was for rates to rise to 4.4% by the end of the year from a current target range of 3% to 3.25%.

Daly does not vote on US monetary policy this year. — Bloomberg

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