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Fact-of-the-Week: 21 November 2011


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Proportion of Older Workers in Low Paying Jobs Unchanged Despite Recession

"About one-third [34%] of workers 65 and older are in low-wage jobs — those that paid less than $11.00 per hour in 2010," compared to 18% of workers aged 55-64, and 21% of workers aged 25-54. "There was no significant change between 2007 and 2010 in the percentage of workers in low-wage jobs in any age group," according to a 2011 GAO analysis.

GAO. (2011). Income security: Older adults and the 2007-2009 recession. Washington, DC: U. S. Government Accountability Office. Retrieved from www.gao.gov.

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