Low-Wage Work in California Data Explorer
With contributions by Annette Bernhardt and Sarah Thomason
The Low-Wage Work in California Data Explorer offers an in-depth look at the people who make up California’s low-wage workforce and provides users with graphics, tables, research summaries, interactive visualizations, and downloadable data. The explorer provides a wide range of information on the state’s low-wage workforce, including demographics, job characteristics, industries, occupations, use of public assistance programs, and geography.
Wage inequality in California has increased dramatically since the late 1970s. Workers at the bottom and in the middle of the wage distribution have seen their earnings stagnate in real terms, after adjusting for inflation, while high-wage workers have seen their earnings rise sharply. Absent significant shifts in the policy or economic context, California’s low-wage jobs problem will likely continue, since official employment projections to 2024 do not show a substantial change to the state’s mix of jobs. The state’s minimum wage is scheduled to increase to $15 per hour by 2023, which should help raise pay for low-wage workers, but more work remains to be done.
This project was made possible with a grant from The California Wellness Foundation.
Essay: Tax cut worsens housing crisis
Sacramento News & Review | August 1, 2019
Minimum wages going up in seven Bay Area cities
The Mercury News | July 1, 2019
1 in 4 Child Care Workers in California Lives in Poverty
Public Policy Institute of California | October 16, 2018
My turn: UC is Ground Zero for income inequality debate
CALmatters | October 15, 2018
One in three Californians gets low-wage jobs: study
Xinhua | September 9, 2018
UC Berkeley Study: One Third of Californians Are In Low Paying Jobs
KCBS Radio | September 7, 2018
UC Berkeley Labor Center study finds 1 in 3 Californian workers has low-wage job
The Daily Californian | September 6, 2018
1 in 3 Californians has a low-wage job, according to new UC Berkeley study
Orange County Register | August 28, 2018
Interactive data explorer offers in-depth look at California’s low-wage workforce
Berkeley News | August 16, 2018