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SIXTY PERCENT OF AMERICAN JOBS PAY $35,000 OR LESS

You’ve seen the latest jobs data … now here’s the brutal reality behind those numbers.

According to Michael Snyder of The Economic Collapse website, nine of the top ten jobs in America pay an average wage of $35,000 or less.

“When you break that down, that means that most of these workers are making less than $3,000 a month before taxes,” Snyder writes. “And once you consider how we are being taxed into oblivion, things become even more frightening.  Can you pay a mortgage and support a family on just a couple grand a month?  Of course not.  In the old days, a single income would enable a family to live a very comfortable middle class lifestyle in most cases.  But now those days are long gone.  In 2014, both parents are expected to work, and in many cases both of them have to get multiple jobs just in order to break even at the end of the month.”

Indeed … such is the harsh reality of the “New Normal.”

Snyder isn’t pulling these numbers out of his posterior either, he’s getting them straight from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) – specifically the agency’s “Occupational Employment and Wages Summary” document.

The ten most common jobs?

1. Retail salespersons, 4.48 million workers earning $25,370
2. Cashiers 3.34 million workers earning $20,420
3. Food prep and serving staff, 3.02 million workers earning $18,880
4. General office clerk, 2.83 million working earning $29,990
5. Registered nurses, 2.66 million workers earning $68,910
6. Waiters and waitresses, 2.40 million workers earning $20,880
7. Customer service representatives, 2.39 million workers earning $33,370
8. Laborers, and freight and material movers, 2.28 million workers earning $26,690
9. Secretaries and admins (not legal or medical), 2.16 million workers earning $34,000
10. Janitors and cleaners (not maids), 2.10 million workers earning, $25,140

And while those “Top Ten” jobs account for only 21 percent of the workforce, according to the latest federal wage data an astounding 59 percent of all Americans make an average of $35,000 a year or less.

Behold the vanishing American middle class! And the rise of the welfare state!