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CFED Assets & Opportunity Scorecard

Low-Wage Jobs

Definition

Percentage of jobs in occupations with median annual pay below 100% poverty threshold for a family of four ($21,954), 2010.

Description

Wage rates are one of the most important aspects of job quality, and jobs with low wages also tend to lack other important benefits, such as health insurance, paid sick leave and paid vacation. It is increasingly possible in the United States to work full-time and still earn an income that does not pay enough to lift a family out of poverty.

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Low-Wage Jobs

StatePercent of
Low-Wage Jobs (%)
Rank
United States  22.0%   
Alabama  33.1%  47 
Alaska  7.0% 
Arizona  24.9%  33 
Arkansas  32.1%  45 
California  18.6%  15 
Colorado  15.0%  10 
Connecticut  13.8% 
Delaware  20.8%  21 
District of Columbia  5.9% 
Florida  24.8%  30 
Georgia  27.0%  39 
Hawaii  14.7% 
Idaho  23.1%  27 
Illinois  20.3%  19 
Indiana  24.2%  28 
Iowa  25.6%  34 
Kansas  24.9%  31 
Kentucky  26.6%  37 
Louisiana  33.7%  49 
Maine  20.6%  20 
Maryland  17.0%  12 
Massachusetts  11.3% 
Michigan  21.8%  25 
Minnesota  17.0%  11 
Mississippi  35.6%  51 
Missouri  26.8%  38 
Montana  28.5%  42 
Nebraska  27.4%  40 
Nevada  19.0%  16 
New Hampshire  13.3% 
New Jersey  17.1%  13 
New Mexico  33.7%  48 
New York  14.4% 
North Carolina  26.0%  36 
North Dakota  24.7%  29 
Ohio  24.9%  32 
Oklahoma  32.3%  46 
Oregon  19.1%  17 
Pennsylvania  20.9%  23 
Rhode Island  20.8%  22 
South Carolina  29.0%  43 
South Dakota  30.3%  44 
Tennessee  25.8%  35 
Texas  28.0%  41 
Utah  20.0%  18 
Vermont  11.9% 
Virginia  22.5%  26 
Washington  10.6% 
West Virginia  35.2%  50 
Wisconsin  21.1%  24 
Wyoming  18.2%  14 

Source

Occupational Employment Statistics. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2010. Data calculated by The Working Poor Families Project for Economic Conditions in the States, Table 3.A.5a.

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