BUSINESS
06/16/2013 10:19 am ET Updated Aug 16, 2013

Living On Minimum Wage

At least one part of the labor force has expanded significantly since the recession hit: the low-wage part, made up of burger flippers, home health aides and the like.

Put simply, the recession took middle-class jobs, and the recovery has replaced them with low-income ones, a trend that has exacerbated income inequality. According to Labor Department data, about 1.7 million workers earned the minimum wage or less in 2007. By 2011, the total had surged to 3.8 million, with millions of others earning just a few cents or dollars more.

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