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Not All Jobs Growth News is Necessarily Good News

 

A recent federal Bureau of Labor Statistics report says that the occupations with the largest projected growth between 2010 and 2020 are mostly lower-paying jobs, such as customer service representatives, who make an average annual wage of $39,311 in Connecticut, and housekeepers, who make an average annual wage of $24,394 in Connecticut.

In 2010, 70% of those jobs are held by women.

Last year, Connecticut’s housing wage – or the hourly amount a resident must earn to afford a decent, two-bedroom apartment in the state – was $23.58, according to the National Low Income Housing Coalition.

This year, the figure dropped to $23.22, or a little more than $48,000 a year.

A Stanford University study says that roughly 6 cents of the 27-cent pay gap between men and women can be explained by the occupations most often held by women. So the question remains: How will households led by women – about 12 percent of households – afford decent housing in Connecticut, where the Fair Market Rent for a two-bedroom apartment runs about $1,208?

 
 

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