Nearly half of Americans work on low wages: Study

Nearly half of Americans work on low wages: Study

The state of the US jobs has been studied by the Brookings Institution in a new way. The study found that half of the Americans were working on low-wage jobs. The low-wage was described as earning $10/hour or $18000/year. The study revealed that 44% of the working Americans between the age of 18 and 64 qualified for the ‘low-wage’.

This 44 % do not only include part-time workers. The sole breadwinner for their families was also present in this 44 % of Americans. Martha Ross, a member of the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program, said, “Most of the jobs that we lost in the recessions were for people with a high school diploma or less.”

The study also revealed that only 30% of US adults have a degree. Ross said, “Most of the jobs we gained back went to people with at least some post-secondary education.” The labor markets of the current age reward the employees with having a bachelor’s degree or more. Those employees have already made more money. There are a lot of things that are needed to be done for creating more jobs.

Ross said, “On the one side, there is a lot that can be done to help workers improve their skills”. There is a need for training adults with the necessary skills. The adults need to get a degree or a certificate for getting a better job with better wages. Ross said that we could do that a lot better.

The study recommended that the businesses needed to change their hiring practices. The pay practices are needed to be changed by the businesses for providing better wages to the employees. The adults are advised to get a degree or skills certificate for acquiring a good job. It is a shocking thing that half of the Americans are working on low-wage jobs. A lot of improvements are needed to be done on the national level for moving the wages up for the employees.

Staff writer for the Chicago Morning Star

Related Posts
INPS awards grant to JJC student to study native flora on campus
Anthony Gibson, a Junior Joliet College (JJC) student, has been awarded a research grant to
Illinois Economic Policy Institute declares economic reopening plan worked in Illinois
The Illinois Economic Policy Institute released a study related to Illinois’s economic reopening plan. The
Chronic Nausea Kids Tend to have Many Other Non-GI Symptoms
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago study reports that kids with functional
Study finds gay wedding boosted US economy by $3.8 billion since 2015
The Williams Institute conducted a study at UCLA School of Law on the same-sex wedding.
Study reveals Illinois needs improvement in affordable housing
The National Low Income Housing Coalition and Housing Action Illinois released a study, The Gap:
Study says rise in minimum wages could prevent suicides
New research has been published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health. The research
Pew Charitable Trusts study says attacking poverty across state could bring Illinois together
Poverty is one of the major issues in the US as it is increasing in
University of Illinois study reveals vocational training as tuition-fee alternative
The Illinois Policy Institute and the Project for Middle-Class Renewal at the University of Illinois
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign reveals funding schools would relieve property taxes
The Illinois Economic Policy Institute and the Project for Middle-Class Renewal at the University of
Caloric intake provided to critically ill infants lack proper monitoring: Study
A study has been published in the Journal of Perinatology about the caloric intake provided