2015 was a terrible year for the common working man

By:  Niraj Chokshi

Last year was not great for the common man.

By at least one measure, inequality among working men has grown for decades. But, in 2015, it accelerated: The wage gap among men saw its largest single-year increase on record.

Top earners — men who made more than 95 percent of their peers — saw wages last year rise by 9.9 percent, according to an analysis of federal data. Men in the middle — with earnings higher than half their peers — saw a much-smaller 2.6 percent increase.

While that gap between male earners in the 95th and 50th percentiles saw its biggest rise, last year's increase only extended a long-running trend.

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