Wednesday, November 26, 2014

[NJFAC] Declining Wages in the [Manufacturing] Jobs That Built America’s Middle Class

Declining Wages in the Jobs That Built America's Middle Class 

Manufacturing jobs were once a ticket to the American middle class, but today these jobs are adding to the nation's low-wage crisis. NELP's latest report, Manufacturing Low Pay: Declining Wages in the Jobs That Built America's Middle Class, tells the story of a rebounding manufacturing sector where jobs are growing again but wages are rapidly shrinking.

Manufacturing workers used to earn wages well above the U.S. average. In the mid-1980s, they earned 50 percent more than the average private-sector worker, but by 2013, they were earning 7.7 percent less. Today, one in four manufacturing workers is paid less than $11.91 per hour. The wage declines are exacerbated by manufacturing firms' increasing reliance on staffing and "temp" agencies to fill factory jobs.

Read more about NELP's report in The New York Times.

from the summary:
"Manufacturing wages now rank in the bottom half of all jobs in the United States.
While in the past, manufacturing workers earned a wage significantly higher than the U.S. average,
by 2013 the average factory worker made 7.7 percent below the median wage for all occupations."

from the National Employment Law Project

National Jobs for All Coalition

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