The problem with the economy is that people are working for almost half of what they made just a few years ago. My husband, the only wage earner in our family of 4, is in carpentry. He has extensive experience and just 2 years ago was earning $35 and hour. Now he is earning $16 and hour to do the same job which included being a supervisor. He has to work side jobs on the weekends just to make ends meet and that is on top of a 45-55 hour work week at his day job. It is an employers market and they know that people are desperate for money to keep surviving when we should be "thriving", so they keep paying low wages because they can. My career is in social work with disadvantaged teens and was laid off due to budget cuts a few years ago. There is no safe place these days that will provide your family with what they need with any security.
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