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October 31, 2014

Low wages dominate recovery in Minnesota, U.S.

A Star Tribune analysis of state data found nearly 36 percent of today’s job openings pay $10 an hour or less. The Minneapolis-based newspaper also says the number of positions that pay $10 to $25 per hour has dropped more than 20 percent compared to a decade ago.

A new report from the National Employment Law Project finds low-wage jobs make up about 58 percent of the jobs added since 2010.

Minnesota’s monthly jobs report for August is due on Sept. 20. In July, the state’s jobless figured inched up to 5.8 percent.

The national unemployment rate fell to 8.1 percent last month, even though employers only add 96,00o jobs.