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|NUMBER OF UNEMPLOYED HAS RISEN IN 46 STATES SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION|
|STATE||# UNEMPLOYED 6/04||INCREASE IN # UNEMPLOYED SINCE 1/01|
This table is provided by House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi's office with the following statement:
"These numbers are still a good example of how the middle class is being squeezed, with job creation low, and given that over 90 percent of the new jobs created since August of 2003 are service sector jobs that pay an average hourly wage that is less than the national average. About 1.4 million of the jobs created are service sector jobs with an average wage of $15.24 - 41 cents less than the national average - and 203,000 of these jobs are temporary jobs. Approximately 370,000 of these jobs were in low-paying domestic industries, such as wait staff in restaurants and bars and retail workers.
"In addition, wages are at record lows. Over the last year, average hourly wages have fallen when adjusted for inflation [BLS 6/04]. Wages are now at the lowest point in two years, and the typical American family is making nearly $1,500 less per year. [EPI, 6/28/04; Census 9/03] The portion of the national economy going to wages is lower than it has been since 1966. In contrast, after tax corporate profits are the highest since the government began keeping track in 1947. [Wall Street Journal, 7/1/04]"