Wage Rankings

By: Dontaye Carter Email
By: Dontaye Carter Email

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.

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  • by Anonymous on Aug 18, 2010 at 08:35 PM
    I have 2 degrees and dont bring home 30k a year....I did get a decent education but unfortunately I work for the state. I do show up on time, work off the clock and onsent to the slave labor that is being a state employee. Any other suggestions Bob?
  • by Bob Location: Jasper on Aug 17, 2010 at 06:35 AM
    It's not lack of unions that keep wages low. It's lack of education and job skills. The unions bring wages up when they don't chase jobs overseas but they also bring the cost of living way up. You can not live as comfortably in either the northeast or far west on $30,000 a year as you can here for $15,000. It's all relative, higher wages mean higher costs. If you want more money get a decent education, Valdosta is full of great schools, then the job will come. It also helps if you show up on time and ready to work and show initiative.Ask any employer what I mean, they all know!
  • by Chris Location: Valdosta on Aug 17, 2010 at 04:55 AM
    It's a southern thing, it is called The Plantation Mentality.
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