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From the LA Times (free registration required):

At the Economic Policy Institute, Ettlinger said unless the low-wage job shift identified by the institute is reversed, the nation's wage base will shrink and individual workers will have an increasingly difficult time finding quality jobs.

"That means a declining standard of living," he said. "People rely on wages for their quality of life. If the nation's drifting into having lower wage levels, that's disturbing for everyone."

The trend could be slowed or reversed through changes in public policy, Ettlinger said, suggesting raising the minimum wage, attaching labor standards to trade agreements to discourage outsourcing of manufacturing jobs or encouraging unionization in low-paying sectors. "Public investment could also increase productivity, which should boost wages," he said.

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