Job and wage growth
The net percentage change in jobs and earnings per worker by wage level category. Industries were grouped into three categories (low, middle, and high) by average annual earnings per worker in 1990, and measures of growth in jobs and earnings per worker were calculated for each category over time. Earnings growth is adjusted for inflation. For more information, see the data and methods document. | National Equity Atlas Data & Methods: Technical Documentation

United States

Growth in jobs and earnings by wage level:

Is the region growing good jobs?

Why it matters

Job growth is critical for a region's economic vitality, but it is important to grow good jobs that pay family-supporting wages and offer opportunities for upward mobility. The national trend over recent decades has been one of job polarization, with much faster growth in low- and high-wage jobs than in middle-wage jobs—the sort that have typically provided opportunities for workers without four-year college degrees to be financially secure and enter the middle class. It has also been the case that while low-wage jobs have grown quickly, their wages have not.

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