published Sunday, January 22nd, 2012

2011 job creation mainly in low-paying fields

With some limited job creation in the United States in recent months, there has been speculation that our nation may finally be moving toward a real economic recovery.

We should all hope that's so, because many Americans are in desperate financial circumstances.

But one little-noticed fact about the jobs that have been created across the country lately is that they generally offer low pay.

There was not very much job growth in 2011, but even the positions that were created were "concentrated in industries that tend to pay low wages and skimpy benefits," The Associated Press noted. Those include industries such as retail and hospitality.

Of course, the Obama administration is downplaying the fact that it may be difficult to support a family on the wages that are paid at many of the newly created jobs. And to be sure, almost any job is better than no job.

But Americans who are unemployed, and those who can now find only lower-paying jobs than they had before they were laid off in the recession, have good cause to question whether our country is truly in a "recovery."

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conservative said...

Depression era movies and pictures often showed people carrying placards for a job. For the first time in my life I have quite often seen the same as I travel. I call them Obamacards.

January 22, 2012 at 9:12 a.m.

Speaking of jobs. I just seen where "Alstom" signed a huge $516 million dollar contract with IRAQ. This is a leading company of "UNION" workers. Just wonder how many will show their true colors of caring more about the color of green instead the color of "RED" for the men and women of our military that have lost their lives in a country that does not want us there.

January 22, 2012 at 12:58 p.m.
Legend said...

conservative said... Depression era movies and pictures often showed people carrying placards for a job. For the first time in my life I have quite often seen the same as I travel

Now, now, conservative. You know you're lying. Those people carrying placards for a job have been around as far back as anyone can remember. They're called homeless or day workers. Anything, everything you conservatives can dream up to blame on the president you'll try. If baby-conservative pooped his pants instead of going to the potty, you'd say President Obama was the cause for junior-conservative not being fully potty trained.

January 22, 2012 at 5:49 p.m.

I know I saw "Will Work for Food" during the Reagan Administration.

January 22, 2012 at 11:44 p.m.
holdout said...

You lost me on that lovetheus. Why shouldn't U.S. companies do business in Iraq? We do business in Vietnam, Korea, Germany, Japan,Italy, Spain, Philippines,France, United Kingdom, and Mexico. I am sure there are other countries out there we have fought wars in and now do business in. Lots of them we did business in before and after fighting wars with them. I personally lived in six of those countries during my time in the military and wasn't offended by the fact we did business there.

January 23, 2012 at 8:02 a.m.
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