Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said rising wages will probably spur household spending in the next few quarters, even as weak job gains drag down consumer confidence. While the US has "a considerable way to go" for a full recovery, "rising demand from households and businesses should help sustain growth," Bernanke said today in a speech in Charleston, South Carolina. "We are maintaining strong monetary policy support for the recovery," he said in response to an audience question, without discussing any further action the Fed could take to aid growth.