5 stats illustrate Detroit’s middle-wage job gap
Growing the middle class is a huge challenge for Mayor Duggan's administration.
What they're saying: Accessible middle-wage jobs — those that don't require a four-year degree and pay more than the median wage — provide families with an important springboard, per a recent Detroit Future City study.
Yes, but: These jobs are lagging while low-wage jobs have "ballooned," Detroit Future City writes.
- Economists predict the city's job growth in the next five years will rely heavily on low-wage jobs in manufacturing, construction and warehousing, according to a recent University of Michigan forecast.
- The problem isn't "impossible to solve," per DFC. It requires collaboration and accountability among government, community groups and philanthropy.
By the numbers: Five stats showing the nature of the middle-wage gap:
- Detroit's economy is "increasingly polarized," with low-wage jobs growing 19% from 2010-2019, while bachelor's degree-or-higher jobs grew 15% and middle-wage jobs grew just 3%.
- Middle-wage jobs are growing faster in the metro area (23%).
- Middle-wage job holders in the city are 7% more likely to be white than the total workforce.
- They're also 6% more likely to identify as male.
- Most middle-wage jobs here, 21%, are in medical and surgical hospitals.
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