The Low-Wage Recovery and Growing Inequality

Annette Bernhardt

The National Employment Law Project (NELP), a nonprofit organization dedicated to tracking the current economic recovery in terms of unemployment, wages, occupational, and industry growth patterns, released a new report in August of 2012, Low-Wage Recovery and Growing Inequality. The report finds that employment losses from 2008 to 2010 were concentrated in mid-wage occupations. However, the new jobs from 2010 to 2012 have been concentrated to lower wage occupations, which grew almost three times as fast as mid-wage and higher wage occupations. The report shows that the United States not only has a job deficit, but a “good jobs” deficit.