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More facts on family-supporting jobs

  • Wage theft is a dirty little secret, but it’s not little and it’s really not a secret. Employers routinely violate basic workplace standards by not paying the minimum wage or overtime, calling workers “independent contractors” to deny them basic protections, and providing unsafe working conditions.
  • As many as a third of all U.S. workers – 35 to 46 million people – hold low-wage jobs that offer few prospects for advancement or wage growth.
  • Women are over-represented in part-time and temp jobs with lower wages, less job security and few or no benefits. The costs of supporting a family – housing, food, medical care, child care, transportation – are rising, putting families at risk.