The State of Working North Carolina: "A Fair Day’s Pay for a Fair Day's Work" - The Importance of Family-Supporting Wages during the Economic Recovery

By Sabine Schoenbach
Policy Analyst, NC Justice Center
September 2011


  • Over the last decade, those who worked for the lowest wages in North Carolina saw their wages decline in real dollars. In 2010 dollars, this wage decline translates to approximately $230 per year, or twelve days’ worth of food for a family of four.
  • Ensuring adequate wages for low-income workers is critical for families trying to make ends meet as well as an important strategy for stimulating the economy.
  • Enforcing protections that ensure workers are paid for all of the hours they work is not only fair but also important for family and community well-being.
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