Are We Becoming The United States Of Crappy Jobs?

Claire Gordon

America remains one of the wealthiest countries in the world, but the quality of our jobs are in decline. In a reversal of centuries of growth and opportunity, the U.S. has become a Crappy Job Nation. Here's that story in charts.

During the recession, jobs were lost all over the place. But mid-wage occupations (hourly wages from $21.14 to $54.55) were decimated, according to an analysis by the National Employment Law Project, a worker advocacy group. Neither mid-wage nor high-wage positions have returned to their recession levels. But low-wage jobs have soared.