Low-wage jobs unexpectedly a way of life for many

The Washington Post reports that “occupations that once helped elevate people from the minimum wage into the middle class have disappeared during the past three recessions dating to 1991. For years, many Americans followed a simple career path: Land an entry-level job. Accept a modest wage. Gain skills. Leave eventually for a better-paying job.” 

But “research shows that occupations that once helped elevate people from the minimum wage into the middle class have disappeared during the past three recessions dating to 1991.

“Last year, 17.4 million Americans between ages 25 and 64 earned less than $10.10 an hour, the minimum wage proposed by President Barack Obama (The current federal minimum is $7.25.) That’s equal to an income of nearly $19,000 for a full-time employee — less than half the median pay of a U.S. worker.”

Read more about these trends here.

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