Workers don't earn enough to pay all the bills in some of Michigan's fastest growing job sectors, according to a new report. That's especially true when a worker is trying to raise one-or-more children.
The report is by Wider Opportunities for Women in Washington D.C., and the Michigan League for Human Services. It says families throughout the state have to earn a lot more than minimum wage to manage all long-term financial obligations.
People working as home health aides, in childcare or retail don't earn enough to be financially secure long-term, it says. Statewide, workers without children need to earn nearly $26,000 dollars a year, or $12.24 an hour. In contrast, workers in these sectors earn just $10-12 dollars, on average.
Workers in other growing sectors, such as customer service representatives, office clerks and bookkeepers, may earn enough for themselves, but not enough to raise children.
A noteworthy exception is nursing, a rising employment sector where workers can earn enough to raise a family and pay the bills, earning, on average, $30.82 dollars an hour.
Grand Traverse County is among the most expensive places to live in Michigan, according to the report.
Statewide, a family of four needs $61,776 dollars a year, plus an employer benefits package. In Traverse City, a family of four needs to earn $62,568 dollars, according to the report.
The only areas more expensive were in southeast Michigan.