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More Dems want focus on job creation than wage growth

More Democrats want elected officials to focus on job growth than on wage growth, according to a new American Barometer poll. 

The survey, conducted by Hill.TV and the HarrisX polling company found that 55 percent of Democrats polled said they wanted elected officials to focus on creating new jobs, while 45 percent said they wanted elected officials to focus on wage growth. 

The survey comes after the Labor Department announced earlier this month that U.S. economy added 201,000 jobs in August, while unemployment held steady at 3.9 percent, nearly making an 18-year low. 

Wage growth also increased, with average hourly earnings up 2.9 percent for the year, marking the fastest growth since the end of the recession in 2009.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpKey takeaways from the Arizona Senate debate Major Hollywood talent firm considering rejecting Saudi investment money: report Mattis says he thought 'nothing at all' about Trump saying he may leave administration MORE and his Republican allies in Congress have sought to take credit for the low unemployment, attributing it to the administration's economic policies, like its tax cuts. 

“Republicans came to Congress to make reforms that would grow the economy and get more Americans on the pathway to success," Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) said after the jobs report was released earlier this month. "Our pro-growth, pro-jobs agenda is delivering those results."
 
However, Democratic lawmakers have argued that while corporate profits are increasing, wages are only just about keeping up with inflation, and therefore not rising fast enough for workers. 

“August’s jobs report shows that the soaring cost of living for families continues to lead to stagnant real wage growth for workers," Pelosi said in a statement earlier this month. 

“While the wealthy and well-connected fill their pockets, hard-working men and women are struggling to keep up with everyday needs that are getting more and more expensive," she continued. 

— Julia Manchester