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The New Jobs Are Paying Less

September 10, 2012
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Most of the jobs lost over the last two years paid between $13.84 and $21.13 an hour. Most of the jobs gained over the last two years paid between $7.69 and $13.83 an hour.

This is the finding of a new report that looked at 366 occupations.

Among all jobs lost:

  • about 60 percent were in manufacturing and construction
  • about 21 percent were lower paid workers
  • older workers were most likely to be let go

Among all jobs gained:

  • about 22 percent were in manufacturing and construction
  • about 58 percent were lower paid workers
  • younger workers were more likely to be hired

The facts behind these numbers are changes in the kinds of jobs available. Most of the new jobs are in manual work, such as serving food or styling hair. These jobs do not pay very much. Some jobs in engineering or medical fields are also increasing and pay much more.

The loss of jobs in government contributes to this problem. Experts say the trend to higher-paid and lower-paid work will continue. People with mid-level skills face a difficult job market.

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