More Georgians Settle for Minimum Wage Jobs

ATLANTA (AP) -- Federal statistics show that one of every 10 working Georgians now makes the minimum wage.

An analysis of data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that is triple the proportion when the recession technically ended nearly three years ago.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that recent increases in the minimum wage partly explain the rise, but the percentage of Georgians earning $7.25 an hour -- and in some cases less -- rose to 9.6 last year.

The national figure is 5.2 percent.

The figures suggest that the sluggish economic recovery is not reaching the ranks of the working poor -- and may be enlarging them.


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  • by Anonymous on May 22, 2012 at 04:12 PM
    Some money is better than No money. You may have made more before you lost your job and now you've got to work a job that pays far less. Having a job beats living without trying. My son and his wife had to suck it up, as they put it live without services that they had enjoyed before she lost her job.Cut down quite a bit and live more responsible. They enjoy the simple life now.Not on the go all the time.Walking, growing a garden,get the kids involved with a hobby like bird watching. She does odd jobs now.
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