Unbalanced Growth: Industries, Wages, and the First 12 Months After the Great Recession

Source: National Employment Law Project, Data Brief, February 2011

NELP’s new report shows that while the U.S. added more than one million private-sector jobs during the last 12 months, they were disproportionately concentrated in mid- and lower-wage industries — unlike the early recovery following the 2001 recession.

– Lower-wage industries constituted 23 percent of job loss, but fully 49 percent of recent growth
– Mid-wage industries constituted 36 percent of job loss, and 37 percent of recent growth
– Higher-wage industries constituted 40 percent of job loss, but only 14 percent of recent growth

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