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California's low-wage workers earn less than in 1979, study shows
California's low-wage workers earn less than in 1979, study shows

California's low-wage workers are older and more educated than they were three decades ago — but they earn less, according to new research from UC Berkeley. The study, released Thursday, documented the extensive growth of income inequality in California since the late 1970s. The researchers' data showed that California workers at the lowest end of the pay scale have seen significant declines in their earnings over the last three decades, after adjusting for inflation. Workers in the highest income brackets, meanwhile, have seen enormous gains. For example, the bottom 20% of workers have seen inflation-adjusted wages decline 12% since 1979, while the top 10% of...

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