The State of Working North Carolina

State of Working NC: The great need for good jobs

The State of Working North Carolina was released this week, and the numbers reemphasize that North Carolina’s working families have  experienced declines in financial stability and economic opportunity over the last decade.  One take away from this grim story is that North Carolina needs not only jobs, but good jobs. As a recent report by the Center for Economic and Policy Research highlights, however, good jobs are in short supply.

Good jobs pay a living wage. Roughly 646,000 workers in North Carolina are supporting themselves, and often their families, on the minimum wage, or $7.25 per hour. The proposed federal increase of the minimum wage to $9.80 per hour could bring this annual wage (for a full-time, year round worker) to $20,384. While this annual wage continues to be approximately half of what it actually takes for the typical North Carolina family of three to afford basic expenses, it would provide the state’s lowest earners with a much needed boost.

In addition, good jobs provide adequate work supports. The CEPR report rightly focuses on health insurance and retirement plans. Yet paid leave is also crucial for workers’ job stability.   All workers need to be able to rely on pay and job protections when long or short-term illness strikes.

Creating and maintaining jobs that pay a living wage and providing supports that ensure job stability puts us all on the right path toward shared economic prosperity and creates much-needed economic growth for North Carolina.

And as we have written this week, policy solutions that support workers and communities  – including keeping workers connected to the labor market,  choosing policy options that responsibly address the jobs crisis, and  transforming disadvantaged areas into communities of opportunity  – will strengthen the economic recovery for all.

 

5 Comments

  1. david esmay

    September 10, 2012 at 10:15 am

    What happened to the highly tout Republican focus on jobs, jobs, jobs? Tommy, Phil? Oh I almost forgot, by jobs you meant welfare for corporations and the wealthy, women’s reproductive rights, and gay bashing to deflect voter’s attention to the fact that as cheap labor conservatives you intend to do nothing.

  2. Frances Jenkins

    September 10, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    No jobs until the all Democrats are gone from office.

  3. Alex

    September 11, 2012 at 6:49 am

    Unfortunately david, you have to get some national growth in jobs first which obviously Obama has not done. He’s put more people on disability( 1.2 million) than he’s added in net job growth(300,000) which is pretty pathetic.

  4. Adam Searing

    September 11, 2012 at 9:15 am

    “Alex”, “Doug”, “Juan Gonza”, “frances”, “David Wordslay”, and “Andrew” are all made-up names from the same person. It isn’t worth responding to his comments. So, when you see “Alex” get agreement from “Doug” it shouldn’t be surprising. And when you see “Juan Gonza” parrot the line that “Doug” took it should be expected. I guess it’s flattering that the NC right-wing machine feels funding someone to spend enormous amounts of time on our blog is worthwhile, but ignoring the anonymous posts he wouldn’t dare confess to writing under his own name should be easy.

  5. Alex

    September 11, 2012 at 10:44 am

    It’s obvious that Adam is absurdly paranoid with his right-wing conspiracy theories, and terribly insecure about debating his shaky left-wing views. At least , I have not sold my soul to try and win an “Obama ” award which I doubt anyone but Adam would cherish.