Low-Paying Positions Dominate Recovery Efforts

Higher Paying Jobs Have Been
Sluggish to Come Back

Most of the new jobs being generated in these economic times are lower-paying positions, while higher-paying jobs have been sluggish to come back, in a report issued by the National Employment Law Project (NELP).

Lower-wage positions like sales, cashiers, office clerks, and food workers expanded 3.2 percent from the previous year during the first quarter of 2011, the report said. In stark contrast, higher-wage positions like engineers, registered nurses, and finance workers went down by 1.2 percent. Mid-wage jobs like customer service representatives, paralegals, and machinists expanded by 1.2 percent.

The prevailing expansion in lower-wage positions suggests that good-jobs are in a deficit and has eliminated many of the respectable jobs people are seeking. The report shows that job demise during the recession have been concentrated on mid-wage positions,. Approximately 60 percent of the positions disappearing between the first part of 2008 and the first part of 2010 were middle-wage positions. Around 21.3 percent were in the lower-wage categories while 18.7 percent were in higher-wage positions.

Further, wages dropped even amongst the lower-wage categories. They have gone down 2.3 percent since December of 2007, while pay fell in middle-wage positions 0.9 percent, while workers in the higher-paid ranks felt a slight increase of real wages since the the recession began.

The study caterized jobs as lower-paying if the pay was $7.51 through $13.51 per hour (Interpreted as in 2011 dollars), mid-paying if the pay was $13.53 through $20.66 per hour, and higher-paying if the pay was $20.67 through $53.32 per hour.

There is an absence of good-paying jobs in this economy. Caregivers are looking for just about anything, as care giving positions are difficult to find. You'd think there would be more options,

The NELP study, the only one tracking growth of jobs in wage terms rather than job classes, suggests there's a trend of middle-class positions disappearing. Economists are concerned that this trend intensifies an increasing gap between haves and have not's in the U.S.. If middle-wage positions are not generated in the recovery, the gap will continue to increase. Expanding wage inequality in the U.S. is a phenomenon which is now 30 years in the creation, of which the economic recession only intensified.. New Article Aug 3, 2011

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