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Growth chart A lack of wage gains has been a major blemish on an economy that President Donald Trump has called the strongest ever — and is currently being boosted by his tax-cut stimulus. (Photo: Shutterstock)

American wages unexpectedly climbed in August by the most since the recession ended in 2009 and hiring rose by more than forecast, keeping the Federal Reserve on track to lift interest rates this month and making another hike in December more likely.

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