Nationally, occupations with the most rent-stressed workers include: food service, office and administrative support, building and grounds maintenance, transportation, personal care, construction, cashier, production, education and retail.
The renters in the top ten job categories make up more than 70 percent of the nearly 20 million working individuals who spend more than 30 percent of their income on rent.
The population and share of workers who struggle to pay rent increased significantly during the 2007-2009 recession and has remained elevated ever since.
Low-wage workers such as food service employees, administrative assistants and maintenance workers are especially impacted.
Rising rents and sluggish wage growth mean that renters in low-wage jobs across the country find it difficult to make ends meet.
Wage gains over the past 15 years have been highly concentrated among people with higher incomes.
WHY IT’S IMPORTANT
A bad night for a food server or a slow season for a taxicab driver or construction worker can cause dangerous fluctuation in the amount of money available for rent and living expenses, especially for low-income workers.
GIVING RENTERS A VOICE
WHAT WE’RE ADVOCATING FOR
We already have many of the tools to solve this problem. Commonsense, bipartisan policies can help communities across America thrive – and can help reverse these distressing trends and make homes more affordable. Here’s what will work:
Increasing the supply of affordable homes, with commitments from the public, private and philanthropic sectors
Directing scarce public support to the low-income renters who most need the help
Ensuring hard-working families achieve financial stability through a fair minimum wage and expanded tax credits. These policies can ensure low-income workers have enough money to live on.
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