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New report paints dire picture of low-wage jobs


November 25, 2019

The Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program just released a study that casts serious doubt on President Trump’s insistence that the economy is improving, and that the employment market is strong.

Brookings’ findings confirm that working doesn’t necessarily translate into earning a decent wage. Despite record low 3.6% unemployment, the Brookings’ report, “Meet the Low-Wage Workforce,” shows that 53 million Americans – 44% of all workers age 18 to 64 – hold low-wage jobs, earn median hourly wages of $10.22 and have a $17,950 median annual income.

Brookings’ res...

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