Whether or not metropolitan areas possess jobs that will help workers obtain a middle class lifestyle was the main topic of conversation during the Jan. 28 edition of America’s Work Force.
Third Way senior economic policy advisor, Ryan Bhandari spoke about unemployment rates and having a job to support a middle class lifestyle during his time on AWF. Bhandari said that the unemployment rate is the lowest it has been in a while, four percent, yet people are still unable to afford a middle class lifestyle. Bhandari said that in the top 200 metropolitan areas, only 38 percent of those area’s jobs pay their workers well enough to be able to afford a middle class life. That means that 62 percent of jobs in these major areas do not pay their workers well enough and are living lower class lifestyles. He then spoke about raising the minimum wage to adjust to inflation rates and how the value of a dollar has different amounts of power depending on where you are in the United States.
President of the Transportation Trades Department, Larry Willis discussed the temporary end of the government shutdown during his Jan. 28 appearance on AWF. He stated that although the end of the shutdown is temporary, he is happy to see the the thousands of workers get back to work and make money to support themselves and their families. He also talked about his worries for government workers again if President Trump is unable to reach an agreement with Congress over funding for the southern border wall. Willis also discussed improving infrastructure around the United States before building the border wall.
AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed union membership across the United States dropping from 10.7 percent to 10.5 percent in 2018.