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Oregon’s Middle Class Hurt Harder by Recession

A report out today shows Oregon's middle class has taken a beating the last thirty years. The recession hit middle class workers especially hard. Jason Gettel with the Oregon Center for Public Policy says people are struggling in part because wages really haven't gone up. “And real earnings haven't changed much over the last 30 years. After adjusting for inflation the average Oregon worker has only seen about $477 year a year in 2009- 2010 than in 1993-1994.” The report found that even two working parents often struggle because of the high cost of housing and child care. Younger workers are also especially hard hit. Wages for workers 25 to 34 have declined since 1980, except for those with college degrees.

 

 

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