During the strong labor market of the mid-1990s, only 1 in 5 minimum-wage workers was still earning minimum wage a year later. Today, that number is nearly 1 in 3, according to my analysis of government survey data. There has been a similar rise in the number of people staying in minimum-wage jobs for three years or longer.Just another way that the so-called "bargain" we offer workers -- keep your nose to the grindstone and you will move up -- is no longer working. For ordinary people, the 21st-century American economy has so far sucked.
Even those who do get a raise often don’t get much of one: Two-thirds of minimum-wage workers in 2013 were still earning within 10 percent of the minimum wage a year later, up from about half in the 1990s. And two-fifths of Americans earning the minimum wage in 2008 were still in near-minimum-wage jobs five years later, despite the economy steadily improving during much of that time.
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Not Moving Up from Minimum Wage Jobs
looks into whether the minimum wage job is really a rung on the way up the economic ladder: