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7 Job Seekers for Every Job in USA that Pays Enough to Live On

Accepted submission by -- OriginalOwner_ at 2017-03-02 03:58:01 from the race-to-the-bottom dept.
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People's Action Institute reports [] via Common Dreams

People's Action Institute released a report [February 28] that details the dire need for jobs that pay a living wage, and for public investment in communities that are most neglected.

The report, Prosperity, Not Poverty [],[PDF][1] shows the gap between job seekers and jobs that pay a living wage. According to the report, nationally there are seven job seekers for every job opening that pays the national single adult living wage of $17.28 per hour.

[...]The odds are much worse for a single parent hoping to be paid enough to support herself and a child. Prosperity, Not Poverty includes living wage figures and job gap ratios for each state and Washington, D.C., as well as the national number.

[...] - Policy Recommendations from Prosperity, Not Poverty:

If done well, public infrastructure programs and investments will benefit all, and especially marginalized communities and the places they live.

  • Create high wage jobs and target hiring and training in local communities, especially marginalized communities. Wages from full-time work should be at least enough for a single adult to make ends meet.
  • Increase access to affordable health coverage. Low-wage workers are less likely to have access to employer-sponsored health care than higher-wage workers.
  • Strengthen Social Security so all workers can retire with dignity.
  • Expand and strengthen equal opportunity statutes to apply to the LGBTQI community as well as women and people of color.

[1] I have replaced the goofy link in TFA with a direct link. Google cache [] of the 40-page report.

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