Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Ehrenreich issue 3

3. In 1996 the number of persons holding two or more jobs averaged 7.8 million, or 6.2 percent of the workforce (page 45).

12 Comments:

Anonymous Emily McGeachy said...

This statement is credible. The majority of working adults I know or have come across work multiple jobs. In most cases, they have a full-time and a part-time varying during the week. This fact is a major concern because it’s making a point how rough the cost of living is. I believe the numbers are higher today than in 1996.

5:51 PM  
Anonymous cody rose said...

This statement makes sense. The numbers might even have increased since then. Minimum wage needs to increase to help those in need. The cost of living will only go up, this should pressure government to have a higher minimum wage.

2:47 PM  
Anonymous Jeff Pritchard said...

i agree, again with what has already been said. i feel that the common working person does not make enough money to live in todays world. i feel that if the minimum wage does not rise, then more people will fall by the wayside and be left with not nough food and shelter

5:45 PM  
Anonymous Haley Goetz said...

These numbers sound accurate and show the minimum wage isn’t helping the working class as it is. Therefore, is there really a reason to keep it around? Either abolish the minimum wage, or increase it so it actually benefits workers.

6:13 PM  
Anonymous Trent Panasuk said...

These numbers actually were lower than i expected them to be. I expected them to be around 10 to 15 percent. Around where I live most people have one main job and one or two other jobs that they only do once a week. I think that this number has increased since 1996.

6:53 PM  
Anonymous luke mahlen said...

This number has most likely went up in the past few years. I agree with what has been said that minimum wage is too low and should be changed.

7:17 PM  
Anonymous Nichole Peterson said...

I definatly believe this. After high school, about half (of 17 students) went to college. The rest of us got as many jobs as we could, or jobs working construction which takes up all your time. Me and another one of my girl friends had several jobs just to get by with paying rent and to live, without spending anything on oursleves. I'm pretty sure the cost of living has gone up since 1996, and the minimum wage should too. Its not near enough to get by on.

9:11 PM  
Anonymous Beccah Maier said...

This sounds right, and I agree with Trent when he said that the numbers sounded too low. Minimum wage doesn’t rise with inflation like it should. The minimum wage laws need to change so they actually can support the poorer workers.

9:21 PM  
Blogger austin butts said...

It does make sense,

9:51 AM  
Blogger austin butts said...

but as the minimum wage increases, so does the price of other goods, thus affecting the people that aren't affected by the minimum wage. We need to abolish the minimum wage, and create a system that benefits everybody.

9:58 AM  
Anonymous maria pettersson said...

I am still chocked by these numbers and the fact that everybody thinks they are credible or as Trent and Becca believes; too low. I don't know anybody who has more than one job and I don't think anybody should have to suffer that bad just to afford the rent. However I agree with Austin that if the minimum wage salary increases so does the price on other goods.

11:38 PM  
Anonymous jessi campbell said...

i think that this number sounds lower than it should be. im sure that the numbers have risen in the past 10 years, but i still believe that this is awfully low.

2:44 PM  

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