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NC’s job growth comes in lowest-wage industries (video)

As we approach Labor Day weekend, new data from the state Division of Employment Security  shows unemployment rates fell in 97 of North Carolina’s 100 counties last month. However, most of the job growth this past year has occurred in Leisure & Hospitality, the lowest-wage sector.

This industry pays roughly $12 below the statewide average, according to analysis by the NC Budget & Tax Center.

MaryBe McMillan with the NC State AFL-CIO says it’s troubling that the employment opportunities that have replaced the manufacturing jobs lost during the recession fail to provide families a living wage:

“Folks cannot get by on $7.25 an hour, and it’s long overdue we raise the minimum wage, make it a living wage, index it to inflation so we are not going another decade or so without a wage increase,” explained McMillan in an interview with NC Policy Watch.

Minimum wage workers and their supporters will gather today (Thursday) in cities across the nation, including Raleigh, asking to be paid $15 an hour.

For a preview of McMillan’s radio interview with Chris Fitzsimon, click below:

7 Comments


  1. Alex

    August 29, 2013 at 8:40 am

    Most of the jobs created during the Obama years have been low wage part-time service jobs. The 5% have gotten richer and the 95% have seen no recovery. You would think by now that folks would realize his economic policies will result in failure over the long run.

  2. gregflynn

    August 29, 2013 at 9:34 am

    I’ll take “Blame Obama” for $200 Alex.

    Praise GOP for job growth but “blame Obama” for low-wage jobs.
    Praise GOP for cutting “bloated government” but “blame Obama” for resulting unemployment.
    Praise GOP for cutting taxes on rich but “blame Obama” for resulting increase in taxes on poor.

  3. Alan aka Captain America

    August 29, 2013 at 10:32 am

    Alex and team Civitas seem to forget (conveniently) how we ended up in this mess. GOP trickle-down economics has never worked. Their ‘blame Obama for everything’ strategy is so transparent, and only serves their ignorant base who simply cannot accept that fact a person of color is in the White House.

  4. LayintheSmakDown

    August 29, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    This should come as no surprise after all the decades of progresso/liberalist policies of the past. The constant downgrading of government schools into propaganda machines that do not produce many citizens with actual skills is the true travesty of those policies. Combine that with the perk driven rich welfare benefits and it does not bode well for a general population that has no skills and relies on the government for most of their existence.

  5. gregflynn

    August 29, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    PutTheSmackDown

  6. Alan aka Captain America

    August 29, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    I’ll say in again, PROGRESSO is a soup! “Government schools”, “propoganda machines” etc. etc….. the tin foil hat must be getting saturated by now.

  7. david esmay

    August 29, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    He’s mainlining the smack now.

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