Understanding the Demand Side of the Low-Wage Labor Market

Research Report

Understanding the Demand Side of the Low-Wage Labor Market

Abstract

This report presents findings from a new, nationally representative survey of private-sector employers, focusing on the labor market for less-skilled workers. We gathered information on employer characteristics, job requirements, wages and benefits, hiring practices, and potential for advancement. The survey focuses on employers' most recently filled jobs that require no more education than a high school degree or GED; we refer to these jobs as noncollege jobs. This group of jobs includes both entry-level jobsthose requiring minimal skills and experience-as well as "next-level" jobs-noncollege jobs demanding higher skill and experience and potentially offering higher wages and benefits.

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