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Wages traditionally have grown fastest among high earners in large metropolitan areas. This was not, however, the trend from 2019 to 2021.

“Focusing on salaried workers for simplicity, we found that low-end earnings increased more than others during the pandemic and, in sharp contrast to before the pandemic, they increased the most in low-income cities,” according to a new report from the ADP Research Institute. “We also found evidence suggesting that the pandemic-driven migration out of the nation’s most expensive cities contributed to hollowing the middle of their income distributions.”

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