Yet in 2012 employees purchasing power is 7 percent less than their 1982 counterparts, according to the report. Only the state of Alaska experienced a worst decline in inflation-adjusted median wage.
When broken down out by race: white median earners saw their inflation-adjusted wages drop just 1 percent while African-American median workers saw a 24 percent decline. The gap widened during the 1990s when white workers' wages grew and black workers' wages were stagnant.
"A paper from the Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations ﬁnds a link between occupational and residential segregation, saying, "residential patterns that segregate black and white youth increase the likelihood that these whites will ﬁnd better-paying jobs in overwhelmingly white occupations and that blacks will end up in lower-paying occupations ﬁlled mostly by other blacks," the MLPP noted.Read more information on the median wage decline among Michigan's African-American populace from 1982-2012 on MLive.
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