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: Multi-Vehicle Crash Closes I-79 Southbound In Jackson Twp., Butler Co.
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: Southbound Lanes Of I-79 Closed Due To Truck Rollover
“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: Supply Chain Issues: 'There Really Are Problems Everywhere,' Even For Small Companies
“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.”