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Fact of the Week: 9 July 2012


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Among Low-wage Workers,
Almost 40% Are Aged 35-64

Between 1979 and 2011, among low-wage earners [earning $10.00 or less in 2011 dollars], the representation of workers aged 35-to-64 increased from 30.8% to 38.1%. The average age of low-wage workers increased 2.6 years, from 32.3 to 34.9 over the same period, according to a 2012 analysis of CPS data.

Schmitt, J., & Jones, J. (2012). Low-wage workers are older and better educated than ever. Washington, DC: Center for Economic and Policy Research. Retrieved from www.cepr.net.

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