Central bankers and economists seem baffled by the fact that wages are failing to accelerate in economies where low unemployment is pointing to full employment, which traditionally means rising pressure on wages. In response, central banks are on the alert, fearing that this apparent anomaly will correct itself any time, possibly resulting in a sudden acceleration in pay for which they might be unprepared. In Germany, the unemployment rate is at a post-reunification low of 5.7% and the Bundesbank has been watching this risk closely for almost two years.
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