Low- and Middle-Wage Workers Lose Ground During Economic Recovery
Oregon workers have seen their paychecks shrink in the economic upswing following the end of the Great Recession, according to a report from the Oregon Center for Public Policy. As the economy expanded from 2009 to 2014, low-wage workers saw their wages decline by more than 5 percent, after adjusting for inflation. Over the same growth period, middle-wage workers also saw their wages decline by nearly 3 percent, while high-wage workers saw their inflation-adjusted wages rise by 1 percent. While low- and middle-wage workers lost ground, the Oregon economy expanded during this time by nearly 13 percent.