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Report: Economic Inequality Increasing In Connecticut

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (CBS Connecticut) – Many low-wage workers and minority families in the state have been left out of the economic recovery, according to a new report from “Connecticut Voices for Children.”

Connecticut Voices for Children Fiscal Policy Fellow Derek Thomas, co-author of State Of Working Connecticut 2016, said the report found the share of industries paying low wages has grown by 20% since 2001, while those paying high wages have decreased by 13%.  According to Thomas, the unemployment rate for black and Hispanic workers is three times greater than it is for whites.

“The goal of the report is to inform policy makers as we look forward, to create a more equitable, growing economy that provides jobs,” Thomas stated.

Among solutions the report recommends are restoring the Earned Income Tax Credit to 2011’s levels, and increasing the minimum wage to $13 per hour.

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