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Low-wage nation: Seven of 10 most common jobs pay less than $30,000


Finding a job in an economy where there are 3.3 job-seekers for every job is hard enough. Finding a good job? That's even harder, since 58 percent of the jobs created since the economic recovery began have been low-wage jobs, and seven out of the 10 most common jobs pay less than $30,000 a year in most cases:

Food prep workers are the third most-common job in the U.S., but have the lowest pay, at a mere $18,720 a year for 2012. Cashiers and waiters are also popular professions, but the average pay at these jobs tallies up to less than $21,000 annually. There are 4.3 million retail sales workers out...