Better Paying Jobs Returning to the Middle Class

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For five years, the recession has been 'over'. Yet, that might not be the answer the common American would give you. A vast majority of every demographic, from the elderly to the recently graduated, are experiencing the ongoing frustrations of unemployment or underemployment. However as The Washington Post notes, with recent figures released, the recession may start to feel over for more working class individuals.

That's because high-paying jobs, paying $20 or more per hour, are reporting increases in hiring. Making the news sweeter, "middle class jobs" such as construction, transportation and manufacturing jobs created a majority of the new hires. Furthermore, 40% of the jobs created during the past six months have been in these $20+ per hour careers – up from 25% during the last half of 2013.

Washington Post/National Employment Law Project findings of wage and job growth

This is good to hear for the overqualified workforce in the low-paying sectors, as well as the unemployed. During the recession, food service and retail positions were the first to recover, as often is the case. Now, with 2.3 million more employees than they had in 2007, the industry stands to probably lose some of their workforce as employees find work in their desired, higher paying fields. This could help bring in unemployed workers to the low-paying positions, helping ease their woes to a certain degree. However, that is unconfirmed conjecture at this point -- as job growth was static or declined during the same period of time for those industries.

None of this is all that surprising. What is, however, is that it took America's higher paying careers this long to start hiring. After being over for five years, why are more jobs just starting to be high paying? Maybe the announcement of the recession's end came a bit too early. Regardless the case, many of America's part-time workforce may soon head back to full-time work.

With international labor forces offering low cost, skilled work and technology replacing jobs, not all news is entirely promising. As is the case with everything, we must wait and see what happens next. However, with the recently graduated and 'lost generations' of recession workers seeing promise for their futures, the outlook may start to look brighten for America's toiling class.
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