64 Percent of the Jobs Openings in Florida Suck, Study Finds

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Welcome to Florida, one expensive ass state.
Bad news out there for Florida job seekers: according some new number crunching, the Sunshine state is seriously lacking in jobs that pay a living wage. The findings show that for every 13 people looking for good work, there's one position that pays $16.84. The statistics complied by a Seattle-based non-profit that analyzed the state-by-state trends. Not surprisingly, Florida fared worse than the national average.

According to the Alliance for a Just Society, that lack of living-wage paying positions means that 64 percent of the work available out there is lower than the standard . . . which means the majority of the jobs around don't provide what's needed to get by.

The study also broke down the budget your Joe Sixpack Floridan needs. It's . . . a little depressing. At a $16.84 living wage, annual income is around $35,028. That includes monthly expenses of:

Food: $203
Housing and utilities: $834
Transportation: $620
Heath care: $150
State/federal taxes: $4,924

And that figure -- $16.84 -- is just for a single person. When you look at a family of three, the number for a living wage is actually $39.48. Only 53 percent of the jobs out there in Florida support that kind of demand.

So where does Florida sit on the national stage? Spread across the country, there are seven job seekers for every position that pays a living wage. Also, between 2009 and 2012, the number of available jobs with a median income of $15 dropped by 4 million.

Big picture: WHAT DOES THIS ALL MEAN? Well, for all his prattling about job creation, Rick Scott hasn't done too great a job of actually creating positions that allow a person to live comfortably in the state.

This squeeze on the middle and lower class -- where does it going next? Pretty soon all us normal working folk are going to have to move to Alabama and be shipped in every work day so we can sweep up after the one percenters.

Send your story tips to the author, Kyle Swenson.

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frankd4 topcommenter

................................including J O B S in journalism for a free paper

frankd4 topcommenter

......................HEY EDITORS ..."State/federal taxes: $4,924" huh ?

$4,924 times twelve moths equals $59,088 per year EXCEEDING the gross income of $35,028

that line item canNOT be correct = period

frankd4 topcommenter

................................the other "fixed" industry is transportation - screwing the locals into believing PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION is impossible and everyone has to buy a car ( the single WORST investment and individual can make = period ) 

when the price of GAS exceeds $4 per gallon many if not most can't even afford to GO to WORK yet have NO other alternative

auto dealerships employee commissionable slaves while the owners fund major efforts to kill every effort at public transportation just as they spend to avoid recalls of obvious defects in their products

we've got MORE CARS than people in this state and plans continue to make every effort to making not having a car an impossibility which does NOT HAVE to be the case

frankd4 topcommenter

..........................well we are still ahead of ALABAMA and MISSISSIPPI

the worse part is those "good" jobs are in industries whos specialty is "screwing the TOURISTs and snowbirds and non-voting part-time residents"

the travel and tourist industry including cruise lines and hotels have it down pat

the related restaurant and bar industry are disgusting in its greed in screwing tourists and visitors who do not vote extending all the way to preditory towing and parking violations

between those two areas a super bowl sized event would yield half the revenue spent going into parking tickets and towing charges from places charging $35 for a single beverage or rip-offs of all kinds

and elected officials allow it because of the kick-backs and bribes they receive and those getting screwed don't VOTE here

don't even get me started on the real estate developers selling out to DRUG KINGpins on units exceeding $700 per square foot bought sight-unseen

look at the main gluttons among the uber-rich here in soFLA and inevitibly their wealth is derived from screwing TOURISTs

icculus17 topcommenter

The study also broke down the budget your Joe Sixpack Floridan needs. It's . . . a little depressing. At a $16.84 living wage, annual income is around $35,028. 

That's what a new teacher with a college degree and student loans makes.  When did teaching become a minimum wage job?  I wonder why the school system is so messed up, they are hiring minimum wage workers and expecting CEO performance.

riverrat69 topcommenter

No surprise. Trickle down economics in action.

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