graphic of down arrow and stick figure family low-wage workers are not simply supplementing other family income—their jobs are essential for their family’s basic needs. (Photo: Shutterstock)

A new study by the Brookings Institution finds that 44 percent of Americans have jobs that qualify as “low-wage.”

The study said that 55 million people in the U.S. fall into that category, with median hourly wages of $10.22, and median annual earnings of about $18,000.

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