From Nowy Dziennik
Analysis from the Economic Policy Institute recently
reported that prices for services and products are growing at a
faster rate than our salaries. The cause is still the fairly high
rate of unemployment.
The Employment Statistics Bureau reported
that the hourly wage of employees such as nurses and teachers has
decreased when compared
to inflation by 1.1 percent. Many recent Polish immigrants also
have seen reductions in their earnings. In particular construction
workers, home attendants and nannies have been severely affected.
Employees used to take home an average of $525 each week. But considering
the recent rise in prices, the value of this income fell by at
least 8 dollars, even though the paychecks remain the same. This
is the largest decrease since 1991.
One Polish immigrant who came
to the U.S. to support his family in Poland said, “I used
to be able to save a lot more each month. But lately it’s
been a lot harder. I now send less money back to my family.”
income creates reduced spending for the average American or Polish
family. In effect, less spending means a declining economy
and more unemployment. Each month, tens of thousands of new jobs
are created. Unfortunately, this is still not enough. The unemployment
rate is back to what it was in November 2001- 5.6 percent. And
the amount of unemployed workers does not allow for wage negotiations.
Therefore, wages remain low and employers feel comfortable in this
“I have not had a raise in two years even though the costs
of supporting my family have grown,” said 42-year-old Robert
Kiszynski, a welder in Manhattan and father of three children.
rising. Public transportation, electricity and food are now more
expensive then they have been in years, and high gas prices do
not help either. Analysts emphasize that economical trends hit
the low-income employees the most.
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Translated from Polish by Malwina