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NC’s job growth comes in lowest-wage industries (video)
Posted By Clayton Henkel On August 29, 2013 @ 5:59 am In Uncategorized | Comments Disabled
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.
For a preview of McMillan’s radio interview with Chris Fitzsimon, click below:
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URLs in this post:
 Labor Day: http://www.dol.gov/opa/aboutdol/laborday.htm
 new data: http://www.ncesc1.com/pmi/rates/PressReleases/County/NR_July_2013CountyRates_M.pdf?utm_source=South+by+North+Strategies%3A+Subscribers&utm_campaign=68a17388d9-2013_July_NC_Local_Employment8_28_2013&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_059868064a-68a17388d9-100083026
 analysis by the NC Budget & Tax Center: http://www.ncjustice.org/?q=budget-and-tax/media-release-drop-metro-unemployment-rate-over-last-year-driven-job-growth-lowest
 NC State AFL-CIO: http://aflcionc.org/
 including Raleigh: http://aflcionc.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/fast-food-solidarity_nccommunityrallyflyer.pdf
 $15 an hour: http://www.wral.com/fast-food-strikes-set-for-cities-nationwide/12829652/
 Image: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygTJGsSUIxg
 Key facts about the minimum wage: http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/01/28/key-facts-about-the-minimum-wage/
 What would a minimum wage raise mean for North Carolina?: http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/01/30/what-would-a-minimum-wage-raise-mean-for-north-carolina/
 Raising the minimum wage: Good for people, good for the economy: http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/01/24/raising-the-minimum-wage-good-for-people-good-for-the-economy/
 A big picture view of the CBO’s minimum wage report: http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/02/21/a-big-picture-view-of-the-cbos-minimum-wage-report/
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