September 11, 2017

Report: CT's low-income jobs on the rise

Connecticut's share of low-income jobs has ticked up by 1.3 percentage points since 2011, according to a report from New Haven-based Connecticut Voices for Children.

According to the report, the share of low wage jobs in Connecticut rose from 14.2 percent in 2011 to 15.5 percent in 2016.

In contrast, the mid-wage jobs in Connecticut decreased and the high-wage jobs remained flat, according to the children's advocacy group.

Ray Noonan, the organization's associate policy fellow, said the trend is going "in the wrong direction."

"The combination of slow job creation and stagnant or lower wages has a direct impact on disparities of opportunity for workers in the state," Noonan said in a statement. "Low-wage jobs are less likely to offer good benefits, leaving many families struggling with lower pay, fewer supports, less capacity to react to crisis, and more uncertainty in their lives."

The study also found:

People of color have become increasingly overrepresented in low-wage work and underrepresented in high-wage work over the last five years.

The wealthiest 10 percent experienced the greatest raise in wages in the last year while the median worker's wage remained essentially flat.

Wage disparities by race continue to widen: the median white worker now makes $10.08 and $8.98 per hour more than their black and Latino counterparts, respectively.

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