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Forsyth & Wayne Counties

A study finds 44% of U.S. workers are employed in low-wage jobs that pay median annual wages of $18,000, well below what’s considered the living wage for many communities. Most of the 53 million Americans working in low-wage jobs are adults in their prime working years.

Staffing shortages have become widespread as workers quit their jobs for better wages elsewhere. ncIMPACT explores how some communities are working to solve the labor shortage by offering living wages.