Working For Dignity Survey Profiles

Demographic And Industry Profile Of Our Survey

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The 1304 workers in our survey are drawn for all over the county.  And while in our survey, Latinos are over-represented, this was done on purpose because they make up a disproportionate share of the poor in Santa Cruz, and we wanted to better investigate a population that is often under-researched.  Our survey respondents also worked in industries projected to have the most openings in the near- to mid-term future.  These include: retail sales, food preparation and serving, personal care and services, and building and grounds cleaning.  It is also significant to note that a large majority of low wage workers surveyed were the main breadwinners in their families (62%) and were supporting others (57%).  Their median hourly wage, however, was only $10.