On September 12, 2012, the US Census Bureau released a report that further indicated the number of American families still struggling after the Great Recession. As noted in this PBS NewsHour video, roughly 46 million Americans are now living poverty, median household income slid for the second year to $50,000-the lowest level since the mid-1990s-and earnings fell 2.5 percent.
At the end of August, a CNNMoney story began, “Sure, the economy is adding jobs these days … but most of those positions pay pretty poorly.” CNN said that a report from the National Employment Law Project showed 58 percent of the jobs created during the recovery have been low-wage positions, such as “retail salespeople, food prep workers, laborers and freight workers, waiters and waitresses, personal and home care aides, office clerks and customers representatives.” Many of these low-wage jobs pay less than $13.83 an hour, and the adjustment is additionally difficult for the 60 percent of Americans who lost previous jobs during the economic downturn that had been classified as mid-wage.
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