Report shows Yumans earn $5.00 less per hour compared to national average
Story by: Meteorologist Tim Lavigne
YUMA, Ariz. (13 On Your Side) – A new report by
the U.S. Labor Department shows workers in Yuma earn on average about $5.00
less than workers around the rest of the country.
We wanted to know the driving force
on why workers in our area are paid significantly less.
Patrick Goetz, a business services
officer, says there are simply not enough big businesses in the area to support
the local job force.
On average, Yumans earn about $17.00
per hour, compared to $22.00 for workers across the country.
Add the high unemployment rate and
the figures are even harder to swallow. Goetz says most businesses that are
members of the chamber of commerce are small mom and pop businesses that do not
have the financial security to hire more employees or pay them higher wages.
goes on to say that improving education especially in science and technology
will be key for Yuma
to bring in higher paying jobs.
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