24-year-old Ric Castillo just landed a new job working at a call center in town, but making the money he wants isn't easy.
"They tell you one thing and after you've worked and worked and you're expecting this much, the uneven wage-ism is frustrating," said Castillo.
Castillo will bring in nearly 15-thousand dollars a year, but compared to a new report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, he'll be making 20-thousand dollars less than people working in Bridgeport, Connecticut -- the nation's leading payer in lower skill jobs.
Castillo says that's a tough pill to swallow.
"Having something in front of you saying if you do this much, or you perform this well you're going to get the bonuses you're entitled to, but most people won't make it because they keep pulling the carrot back," said Castillo.
Statistics show Valdosta ranks among the bottom ten in average wages paid to employees ... and some say a lack of unions is to blame.
"On the West coast we had unions which brought up the wages, so you wouldn't have competition for the lowest wage in the nation because the wage unions brought that up," said Charlie Oliver.
The Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce says the area has fewer jobs in high skilled fields-- such as engineering, construction and transportation.
The chamber says it's working to facilitate job growth by targeting areas in need of improvement.