Every Ohioan who works full-time should be able to support themselves and their family without worrying about being able to afford the basics. Last year, six of Ohio’s 10 most common jobs paid so little that a typical full-time worker would earn less than $26,000 and need food assistance to feed a family of three – leaving many of the state’s working people in largely the same position as they were in 2017, although some occupations and regions saw some modest improvements. Many of the most common jobs pay less than they did in 2000, when wages did more to lift working people out of poverty. In 2000, only four of the most common Ohio occupations would put a typical worker in this situation.
Job growth alone will not fix poverty or eliminate the need for assistance. Both the nation and state have productive economies with abundant wealth. Too many of Ohio’s leaders lack the political will to pass policies that will improve job quality, make education and training affordable and fund basic services like transit and childcare that help people work.
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