Wednesday, October 29, 2014

New Study undercuts Walker's hope for high wage jobs: "Net Job Growth in Wisconsin has been in the low-wage category!"

One of the most insulting comments made by our normally detached governor Scott Walker about the minimum wage has yet get the kind of blowback it deserves.

We're supposed to be happy with Walker wish that everyone could find work that is pays 2 or 3 times more than the current minimum wage. And I wish everybody will someday win a lottery or find a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

It's the most insulting, and dumb response ever, left alone by the media who treated it like a serious solution. A wish for prosperity is not a plan!

But wages are going the other way, and it's not a coincidence that Walker is slipping off to the side the real and looming problem. jsonline:
Wisconsin employment in low-wage occupations has increased markedly since 2000, with the growth accelerating since 2010, a new study by University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee professor Marc Levine finds. In the study, "low-wage occupations" have a median wage of $12.50 an hour or less, "middle-wage occupations" have a median of $12.51 to $25, and "high-wage occupations" have a median above $25. Low-wage-occupation jobs bounced back in the recovery, rising by about 130,000 from 2010 to 2013. During that same period, middle-wage occupations lost 16,000 jobs.

"Since 2010, the recovery has been extraordinarily heavily weighted — all of the net growth in Wisconsin has been in the low-wage category," Levine said.
If that doesn't get Walker's attention, which it won't, maybe this wake his voters up:
Some of that growth is from newly created low-wage jobs. But the lion's share has come from middle-wage occupations dropping into the lowest tier as their pay fell in inflation-adjusted terms. The May 2010 to May 2013 period overlaps the administration of Republican Scott Walker, whose economic performance Levine sharply criticized in an opinion article in late June. The current study does not mention Walker.

Abdur Chowdhury, an economics professor at Marquette University, said in an email that Levine's Wisconsin study "confirms what we have found for the U.S. national economy.""Since the Great Recession, and especially over the last few years, wage growth has been relatively flat. This has happened while several million jobs have been created. This indicates that the jobs have been mostly in low-skill, low-wage areas."


  1. Well YEAH! Remember how they celebrated when the Wal-Mart distribution center opened?

  2. But Epic Software has been adding 1000 high paying jobs per year and the gov says what?

  3. A few weeks back I got a call from QPS employment services. I haven't spoken or worked for them since '07 so I was surprised to hear they were looking to fill temp to hire positions for a Diane Hendricks company working 12 to 14 hrs. a day (2-2-3 schedule) for $9.00 per hour. That's the Scott Walker Wisconsin economy.