By Bailey Vogt
January 21, 2020 "Information
Clearing House" - Nearly half of
Americans are working low-wage jobs despite
unemployment numbers being at a record low, a new
study released in late November found.
The Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy
Program found 44% of U.S. workers between the ages
of 18 and 64 are in jobs that pay median annual
wages of $18,000.
“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,” writers
Martha Ross and
Nicole Bateman wrote.
The writers added that “getting a better job”
through skills training won’t solve the issues.
“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.
The study noted that 53 million of these low-wage
jobs were people in prime working-age of 25 to 54,
not just recent high school or college graduates.
Brookings reported their median hourly wage was
$10.22, above the federal minimum wage of $7.25, but
below what many experts would designate as a livable
Brookings reported that the job market has been
growing, the jobs created don’t provide high wages
or good benefits to help with success, and workers
have shared their frustrations.
Six out of ten workers said in a separate Gallup
survey their job was mediocre to terrible, and 1 in
5 workers said their benefits have worsened over the
last five years.
“Nearly half of all workers earn wages that are
not enough, on their own, to promote economic
Ross and Ms.
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