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Dec 2 - Half of all Americans work in low-wage jobs
 

 

•Almost half of U.S. workers between ages 18 to 64 are employed in low-wage jobs, the Brookings Institution found.
•Low-wage jobs are pervasive, representing between one-third to two-thirds of all jobs in the country's almost 400 metropolitan areas.
•Smaller cities in the South and West tend to have the highest share, such as Las Cruces, New Mexico, and Jacksonville, North Carolina, where more than 6 in 10 workers are in low-wage work.


America's unemployment rate is at a half-century low, but it also has a job-quality problem that affects nearly half the population, with a study finding 44% of U.S. workers are employed in low-wage jobs that pay median annual wages of $18,000.




Contrary to popular opinion, these workers aren't teenagers or young adults just starting their careers, write Martha Ross and Nicole Bateman of the Brookings Institution's Metropolitan Policy Program, which conducted the analysis.

Most of the 53 million Americans working in low-wage jobs are adults in their prime working years, or between about 25 to 54, they noted. Their median hourly wage is $10.22 per hour — that's above the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour but well below what's considered the living wage for many regions.

Even though the economy is adding more jobs, there's increasing evidence that many of those new positions don't offer the kind of wages and benefits required to get ahead. A new measure called the Job Quality Index recently found there is now a growing number of low-paying jobs relative to employment with above-average pay.

For the U.S. overall, median household income is $66,465, according to Sentier Research, with roughly half of families earning less than that amount.

Workers aren't shy about expressing their frustrations, with about 6 of 10 workers saying their jobs are mediocre to downright bad, according to a recent Gallup job-quality survey. For instance, 1 in 5 workers told Gallup their benefits are worse now than five years ago.

"Not enough jobs paying decent wages"

Low-wage jobs represent between one-third to two-thirds of all jobs in the country's almost 400 metropolitan areas, Brookings found. Smaller cities in the South and West tend to have the highest share, such as Las Cruces, New Mexico, and Jacksonville, North Carolina, where more than 60% of workers are low-wage.

But not only small cities in the South and West have a high proportion of low-paid jobs, the Brookings authors noted.

"Places with some of the highest wages and most productive economies are home to large numbers of low-wage workers: nearly one million in the Washington, D.C., region, 700,000 each in Boston and San Francisco, and 560,000 in Seattle," Ross and Bateman wrote.

But, they added, the issue can't entirely be addressed by improving workers' skills, since low-wage jobs reflect the strength of a local economy. Recent research suggests "there simply are not enough jobs paying decent wages for people without college degrees (who make up the majority of the labor force) to escape low-wage work," they wrote.




In other words, even if low-wage workers undergo job training and learn new skills, they're not guaranteed to find good-paying jobs anywhere near where they currently live.

So what makes a good job? Simply put, middle-class wages and benefits like health insurance, according to previous research from Brookings. But only about 30 million Americans have good jobs by that definition — and most of those are held by workers with college degrees, it found.

The reality is that Americans are working but aren't earning enough to gain stable economic footings. As Ross and Bateman noted, "Nearly half of all workers earn wages that are not enough, on their own, to promote economic security."
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Gold Face  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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What side are you on?


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Psuedomorph X 
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Riches in the niches...

Capitalism...

Intelligence is the ability to adapt...





10 years at a bank for me...

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 1 week ago '18        #4
Kim Jong Un 
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GOAT economy right now.


If you broke right now, you either stupid or just a miserable ignorant liberal living in some sh*thole part of the country like @


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 1 week ago '04        #5
datboy|e 
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Not enough go getter’s, just go enough’s
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the resident BX house n*gga community about to come out full swing stuntin itt
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 Kim Jong Un said
GOAT economy right now.


If you broke right now, you either stupid or just a miserable ignorant liberal living in some sh*thole part of the country like @


So you admit the booming economy isn’t helping every part of the US?
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 1 week ago '15        #8
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Half BX unemployed tho including that first f*g**t to post
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 Kim Jong Un said
GOAT economy right now.


If you broke right now, you either stupid or just a miserable ignorant liberal living in some sh*thole part of the country like @


You do realize most these most these poor people live in RED states. You wanna take your L now? Or you need time to cry in your trailer bedroom with your sister?
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 1 week ago '18        #11
Kim Jong Un 
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 qutaboi225 said
You do realize most these most these poor people live in RED states. You wanna take your L now? Or you need time to cry in your trailer bedroom with your sister?




Keep telling yourself that, tranny
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 1 week ago '17        #12
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Jacksonville is bad because all military towns are like that. Having a significant number of military dependents always keep wages down
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 1 week ago '17        #13
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 Kim Jong Un said



Keep telling yourself that, tranny
Posts a gif of Trump about to blow a mic

Calls someone else a tranny

1/10 would not read again
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 1 week ago '15        #14
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 Kliq said
this is an issue that is going to hit a boiling point sooner than later

on one hand you're paying people abysmal wages

on the other hand those same people are being blasted with pro-capitalist advertising and propoganda at every turn (ex: black friday)

this isn't sustainable. the rich can't keep getting richer if the poor don't have any money to spend

and with automation around the corner


universal basic income might be coming sooner than we anticipated
#YangGang2020

Im telling yall. Yang is that dude but balcks wanna throw there support behind Biden who is deteriorating cognitively and really has no real solutions for 21st century problems.

That Obama era incrementalism isnt gonna cut it anymore.

Yang is pealing off Trump supporters and conservatives. 10% of Trump voters say that they would vote for Yang.

Trump loses 10% of his voting block in the general, he's fu*ked because he barely won Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Iowa etc last time around.

But of course Dems are idiots and cant see to chose the guy who has the best chance of beating Trump.


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 1 week ago '17        #15
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I’m making military, modeling and Mercedes money.... that alliteration got me living above and beyond expectations


Life is great!!
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 1 week ago '18        #16
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 lucifershammer said
Jacksonville is bad because all military towns are like that. Having a significant number of military dependents always keep wages down
If you could, please elaborate on the correlation.
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 1 week ago '18        #18
bxgangsta 
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most bx members are on the other half tho
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 1 week ago '17        #19
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Got a lot of people waiting around for something to come to them. No matter what economy, the ones who are real will get it
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Wow...but not supposed to be permanent jobs right? Just jobs for high school kids. Media/rich bamboozle you idiots again.
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DadeCounty 
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 Kim Jong Un said
GOAT economy right now.


If you broke right now, you either stupid or just a miserable ignorant liberal living in some sh*thole part of the country like @







Yeah I’m beyond broke. Look at my broke n*gga apartment.


I’m getting money no matter who president. Back to doing meth and living in a mobile home you go...
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DadeCounty 
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 Gold Face said
What side are you on?

You tell us hairdresser




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Kim Jong Un 
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Yeah I’m beyond broke. Look at my broke n*gga apartment.


I’m getting money no matter who president. Back to doing meth and living in a mobile home you go...

Cool apt bro, what do you pay like $750 month?


And you posted this sh*t here thinking it would turn heads


I guess thats considered living good by florida's standards huh @
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DadeCounty 
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 Kim Jong Un said
Cool apt bro, what do you pay like $750 month?


And you posted this sh*t here thinking it would turn heads


I guess thats considered living good by florida's standards huh @



Post the cot you’re sleeping in at your mom boyfriends trailer home
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