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Indiana must focus on wage growth, or prepare for continued economic decline

Full-time Hoosier workers must earn a fraction more than $19 per hour, or $39,526 a year, to afford rent on a two-bedroom apartment, according to a new report by Prosperity Indiana and the National Low Income Housing Coalition.

That doesn’t surprise Rachel Blakeman, director of the Community Research Institute at Purdue University Fort Wayne. She analyzed quarterly employment data in the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ recent survey with a focus on annual wages.

Blakeman found Indiana workers made less than the $70,343 national average annual salary in 91 of the state’s 92 counties.

Read the story in The Journal Gazette (subscription required)