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Middle Income Job Loss in Minnesota: Perspectives from HIRED

HIRED client Janice Aanenson and Executive Director Jane Samargia have special vantage points on the loss of middle income jobs in Minnesota.

They shared their perspectives in an article published in Sunday’s Star Tribune.

Photo of article from September 9, 2012 Star Tribune on the loss of middle income jobs in Minnesota.In the article, reporter Adam Belz writes, “Almost 36 percent of vacancies today pay a median wage of $10 an hour or less, according to a Star Tribune analysis of state data. Meanwhile, the portion of jobs that pay $10 to $25 an hour has dropped sharply, from nearly two-thirds of openings a decade ago to 43 percent now.”

“I’ve gone to looking for the $15 to $20 an hour jobs, and they’re just not there,” said Aanenson, who’s 49 and lives in Brooklyn Park. “The $7.50 to $9 an hour jobs, those are a dime a dozen. But how do you make a living in the middle class when you have a house and everything else?”

Samargia noted that the current job market is “a buyer’s market”.  She also explains how new technologies have eliminated some middle income jobs, while creating demand for new ones.  The full article can be read here»