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Photo: David L. Ryan/Boston Globe/Getty Images. A primary complaint about the current U.S. economy has been the hollowing out of "middle-skill jobs" — the type of work that people with high school educations and substantial training could do and earn a "middle wage.". Be smart: But even if such jobs were restored, it would not mean a revival of America's battered middle class. That's because middle-wage jobs largely do not pay a middle-class salary. Show less. Go deeper 499 Words. Confused? So were we. What's happening: Since the early 1970s, the American middle class has shrunk to about half of all families, from about 60%, according to Pew , a trend that's taken on more importance since the... Full story

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