Report: despite healthy economy, working class still struggling
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
To be officially in poverty, one has to earn less than $10,000 a year. In San Diego, that's 11 percent of the population.
In 2005, San Diego's median annual income was $56,000. But Paul Karr of the Center on Policy Initiatives, a think tank on working families' issues, says the median annual earned income was only $33,000.
Karr: "It's interesting but not surprising, considering the size of the low wage industries here in San Diego -- food preparation, tourism, maintenance and building, even health care support -- these are all jobs or occupations that barely provide folks the ability to provide basic needs."
Tourism, a growing sector of the San Diego economy, is the lowest wage occupation, with a median annual wage of less than $20,000.
The census reveals one in five San Diegans who works full time earns less than $25,000 a year. Alison St John, KPBS News.
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