This chart shows how COVID-19 has impacted wages around the world

In the years leading up to the pandemic, annual global wage growth was fluctuated between 1.6%–2.2%. Image: REUTERS/Jim Young

Avery Koop

Author, Visual Capitalist


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COVID-19 has had a big impact on wages worldwide. Image: Visual Capitalist

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Many countries have seen drops. Image: Visual Capitalist
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Wages have risen in many countries. Image: Visual Capitalist
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