TRUE and FALSE.
True, if you are skilled or educated. False if you are uneducated, unskilled labor.
The Department of Labor shows that even one year of college increases income. However, people in poverty are the least likely to receive an education.
In America, we believe “if you work hard, you move up.” The statistics say this is not true without an education or skill.
Dr. Beegle asks, “Who works harder, the migrant labor worker or the person in an office cubicle? If the migrant labor worker hurries to finish his or her row, what do they get? They do not move up.”
Two-thirds of the people in poverty are working 1.7 jobs, according to the Census. These Americans working multiple jobs still cannot pay their rent and buy food.
Why can’t people working low-wage jobs move out of poverty?
- Without education or a skill, the average income increase after working for 10 years in the American labor market is $2.00.
- As you age in the labor market, you are less likely to earn a living wage if you do not have education or skills.
- People who work in menial, seasonal or temporary jobs generally use their “bodies” or physical strength to earn a living.They are physically not able to do the same types of duties as they grow older or get injured on the job.
- Many jobs that used to pay a living wage for those who were uneducated or not skilled are not available due to globalization and automation.
Even with the knowledge that unskilled, uneducated workers are not likely to earn a living wage, very few welfare policies allow people on welfare to go to school or get training while receiving benefits to meet their basic needs.
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