4 of Ohio’s 10 most common jobs pay near poverty – Richland Source

by | Apr 29, 2022 | Jobs

COLUMBUS — Policy Matters Ohio released analysis of data Friday from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics (OEWS) Survey.The analysis shows that although employers have increased pay for many of Ohio’s most common jobs, jobs held by hundreds of thousands of Ohioans pay near poverty level wages.The report includes a statewide fact sheet and fact sheets for each of Ohio’s 11 metropolitan statistical areas.“All working people — no matter their race, gender, or the kind of job they do — deserve to be paid enough to live a good life and provide for their families,” said Policy Matters Researcher Michael Shields.“Pressures from the pandemic and intervention from the federal government pushed employers to increase pay. However, considering that corporations suppressed wages for two decades before COVID, the increases are modest at best. Now as a whole, working Ohioans are paid on par with the inadequate wages of the early 2000s. Since then, most working people haven’t shared in the exploding wealth their work helped create.”The data show that among Ohio’s 10 most common jobs, four don’t pay enough for a typical worker to feed a family of three.These occupations are fast food workers, retail salespersons, cashiers and home health and personal care aides. They represent 452,900 workers. All four of these occupations pay less than the 1968 peak value of the minimum wage, worth more than $13 per hour in today’s dollars.The COVID pandemic had huge implications for Ohio’s working people.As of March 2022, Ohio had 146,100 fewer jobs than before COVID. Layoffs were more …

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