The Rise in Low Wage Jobs

Emily Badger comments on the  new analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics data that finds “the industries responsible for the most job creation over the last four years are also the industries that pay the least. ”

“To put that job growth in perspective, this graph from the report illustrates why the ‘recovery’ hardly feels like one for many people looking for more than low-wage work:”

National Employment Law Project

“Low-wage industries accounted for 22 percent of the jobs lost during the recession from 2008 to 2010. But they’ve accounted for 44 percent of the employment growth since then, for a net growth of about 1.85 million jobs. That means that the economy we have today is skewed more heavily than it was pre-recession toward the kind of employment that may not even cover basic housing costs.”

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