PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — There’s a problem with paychecks for thousands of workers in Pittsburgh and across the country.
They’re too low, and women make up a majority of those low-income employees, according to a new study by the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings.READ MORE: Duquesne City Schools To Hold Classes Once Again For 7th Graders This Year
Women in Pittsburgh are over-represented in some of the fastest-growing fields, many of which are low-wage occupations.
In Pittsburgh, 37 percent of all workers earn low hourly wages.READ MORE: PWSA Receives $24 Million State Loan To Repair 22 Miles Of Sewer Lines
“Home health care aides, personal care aides, fast food workers, food prep,” Women and Girls Foundation CEO Heather Arnet said. “We have moved from a manufacturing economy to a service economy. And unfortunately, those jobs are low-wage and low-benefit jobs and women are overrepresented in those jobs.”
The organization is working with local and national coalitions to increase wages and benefits.MORE NEWS: Gary Mills, Ex-Husband Of Woman Who Embezzled $13 Million, Sentenced To Prison
“When we think about these low-wage workers, a lot of them are single moms,” Arnet said. “That’s why access to things like paid sick days and paid family leave are so important.”