Virginia Organizing is out with its annual Job Gap report. The report compares the number of job seekers to the number of jobs that pay a living wage.
Jill Reese, with “Alliance for a Just Society” says living wage jobs are few and far between.
“Over half of job openings in Virginia pay less than $18.59 an hour. That’s the living wage for a single adult. More than four out of five pay less than $34.27 an hour-the living wage for a single adult with two children.”
It’s estimated some thirty million people around the world are forced into slave labor. And while there’s been an international outcry, it was hard to know what labor conditions are behind the products you buy.
Now a team of students at Virginia Tech has come up with an easy way for online shoppers to see how their purchases stack up on the human rights scale, before they buy.
Virginians weighed in earlier this month on their opinion of the economy. It’s the 4th time this year Roanoke College researcher have interviewed Virginians about their financial situation, inclination for purchasing durable goods, and general business conditions in the future.
It’s been difficult to attract business and provide more opportunities to some of the more economically distressed parts of Virginia, but there’s hope for those areas through the national tobacco settlement. Although the money is being applied to areas within the Commonwealth’s tobacco region, HOW it's being applied will directly impact surrounding areas and indirectly boost the state's economy.