Knowledge worker pre-rent wages increased by 7 percent over the past decade while blue-collar worker wages stagnated and service worker wages fell by 1 percent. Knowledge workers started out earning more than double the wages of blue-collar and service workers in 2005, and that gap has continued to grow over the past decade. When factoring in rents, knowledge worker post-rent wages still grew by 6 percent while blue-collar (-5 percent) and service worker (-7 percent) post-rent wages fell.The study noted that six metro areas have managed to buck the national trend: Tulsa, Birmingham, Providence, Oklahoma City, Charleston, and Rochester. Those half-dozen managed to do well across the board, with workers in all three categories showing gains.
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