Wages Lag Behind Rising Costs in San Diego County

September 27, 2012 -- Center on Policy Initiatives

San Diego County experienced increased economic hardship in 2011 as wages across most industries either decreased or remained stagnant, unable to keep up with the rising cost of living. According to an analysis by Partnership affiliate, Center on Policy Initiatives, of countywide data released this month by the U.S. Census Bureau, more than a third of county residents were living in economic hardship in 2011, with half of those families in outright poverty. 

CPI’s analysis details San Diego County’s poverty statistics and highlights the county’s problem of income inequality. From a CPI press release:

“Too many working people are living in poverty, and middle-class families are falling behind as their buying power shrinks,” said Corinne Wilson, lead researcher on the CPI analysis. “It’s time our local industries take responsibility for providing good wages that give their employees a decent quality of life.”

For further explanation watch Fox 5 San Diego’s coverage of the report.