As we wait for President Obama’s post-Labor Day speech on employment, it’s a crucial time to be thinking about job creation, but also an important moment to reflect on the conditions of those who are still employed.
A brief released today as part of the State of Working North Carolina series stresses the importance of ensuring that workers are paid for the work that they do and that these wages allow workers to support themselves and their families.
The brief notes that wage theft, or the illegal withholding of wages by an employer, is on the rise; that a higher percentage of North Carolina’s working families are currently earning low incomes; and that the state’s lowest-wage earners actually saw a decline in inflation-adjusted wages over the last 10 years. Simply said, more and more families are relying on jobs that don’t pay enough, or in the worst cases, don’t pay at all. Read more