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Income Inequality

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April 30, 2013 - 4:46 pm

According to a recent report from the National Employment Law Project, low-wage jobs are the fastest-growing sector of the economy. This makes the good-jobs deficit even deeper than it was at the start of the 21st century. The report says the unbalanced recession and recovery mean the long-term inequality in the U.S. continues to rise.

Tomorrow is May Day. A march is planned in downtown Seattle and on Thursday, May 2nd Working Washington hosts a Poverty-wage Story Slam. We have some of those participating in Thursday’s event here to share their story:

Spencer is an airport worker who loads and unloads baggage for Alaska Airlines passengers at Sea-Tac Airport. He makes around $12.25/hour.

Arturo is an immigrant from Mexico who has worked 5 years at a fast-food chain in North Seattle and is paid less than $10/hour.

Sarah Laslett, Director of Washington State Labor and Education Research Center at South Seattle Community College.

Listen to the interview: KBCS_M+I_2013043_LowWageWork

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