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Sharp increases in the price of goods is putting strain on wallets and keeping real wages stagnant. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, over the last 12 months, the consumer price index—a measure of the change in prices for a selection of consumer goods and services—rose 2.8%, up from 2.5% in April. This inflation rate represents a six-year high, which, in part, resulted in real average hourly earnings for all employees remaining unchanged from May 2017 to May 2018. For production and nonsupervisory employees, there was a 0.1 decrease year over year.