Advertisers spent $17.4 billion on advertisements in the US in 2016, according to data from Nielsen.
It was the biggest year-on-year increase since 2007, when the agency began tracking it.
That is despite falling spending on other forms of advertising, which has been falling since the beginning of the recession.
The advertising industry has been lobbying Congress for a $15 per hour federal minimum wage, which is currently being negotiated by Democrats and Republicans.
The agency also has proposed legislation to ban mandatory arbitration clauses in contracts.
The report released Thursday by the non-profit advocacy group Common Cause, which supports a $12 per hour minimum wage for all Americans, also found that advertising is being spent on an “enormous number of students, teachers and other staff members” in schools across the country.
About a third of those who were surveyed said they “receive some advertising for school-related services, such as textbooks, uniforms and other supplies,” according to the report.
Common Cause has urged the Federal Trade Commission to require that all federal contracts require that an employer must disclose to its employees all costs associated with providing educational materials and materials related to teaching.
The group said that in 2016 alone, the average amount of spending on advertising in schools was $9.7 million.
It is one of the biggest sources of money for advocacy groups, according.
While the federal government spends $1.4 trillion annually on advertising, advertising accounts for less than 1 per cent of federal spending, according the advocacy group.
The federal government has also been making cuts in the way it spends money, including from programs that provide cash grants to states, which can lead to less money for students and other federal employees.
The National Education Association, the largest school advocacy group in the country, has called on the federal administration to increase funding for public schools and make them more responsive to student needs.
It also said that states have a duty to ensure that students receive the best education possible and that schools should be “an incubator of innovation and talent.”