Minority Gap 

While Idaho is making progress when it comes to social issues, nearly two-thirds of jobs in the state don't pay a living wage.

A new study by the Northwest Federation of Community Organizations found that more than half of jobs don't offer a living wage for a family of four with both parents working. When it comes to minorities, the situation is even worse.

Nationally, minority workers are far less likely to earn less than a living wage than white workers. The same holds true in Idaho and other Northwestern states.

While data wasn't available for many groups, the study did offer statistics for Latino families. Among the findings is the fact that 47 percent of Latino workers earn less than a living wage, while the rate for white workers is 25 percent.

The problem is greatest among families in which a single parent is raising two children. Among Latino families, 92 percent of single-parent families do not make a living wage, while statewide, 88 percent of single-parent families fall into this category.

"This report highlights a fact that many of us already knew—that people of color are disproportionately trapped in low-wage work," said economist Don Reading in a written statement. "It is a stark reminder that we still have much work to do to eliminate the race gap in worker earnings and household income."

The study was released locally by the Idaho Community Action Network and the Idaho Job Gap Steering Committee.

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