NELP is conducting on-going research to track the current recovery on multiple dimensions, including unemployment, wages, and occupational and industry growth patterns. This report updates NELP’s previous analyses of job loss and job growth trends during and after the Great Recession. We find that during the recession (2008 Q1 to 2010 Q1), employment losses occurred throughout the economy, but were concentrated in mid-wage occupations. By contrast, during the recovery (2010 Q1 to 2012 Q1), employment gains have been concentrated in lower-wage occupations, which grew 2.7 times as fast as mid-wage and higher-wage occupations. (author introduction)
The low-wage recovery and growing inequality
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