It may feel like boom times in Seattle, but at least one group is being left out: the city’s black residents. While Seattle’s median household income soared to an all-time high of $70,200 last year, wages for blacks nose-dived to $25,700 — a 13.5 percent drop from 2012. Among the 50 largest U.S. cities, Seattle…More
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It seems like an inevitable topic of conversations these days: When did Seattle become a city for rich people? We all know about the skyrocketing housing costs that are pricing some folks out of Seattle. But you’ve probably also noticed how all those new apartment buildings — the ones where studios rent for $1,600 — fill up with tenants…More
We’ve got some good news, and some bad news. First the good news: Guys in Seattle are making bank. Data released last week by the Census Bureau show that the median earnings for Seattle men who work full-time increased by $7,000 between 2012 and 2013 — a 12 percent jump in just one year. That ranks as the heftiest rise in pay for men in any major U.S. city. And…More
At her inauguration to the Seattle City Council, Kshama Sawant spoke of a divided Seattle — a city of “glittering fortunes” for corporations and the wealthy, but also a city in which the lives of the working poor and unemployed grow increasingly difficult.
Sawant’s speech echoed the “tale of two cities” campaign theme of another newly-elected progressive politician — New York City mayor Bill de Blasio.
While the magnitude of income inequality in New York — and especially Manhattan — is notoriously bad, you don’t hear nearly as much about it in Seattle. So how do we compare?More
Did the Seattle City Council race between incumbent Richard Conlin and challenger Kshama Sawant reveal a deep fissure between rich and poor in Seattle?
Looking at a map of the election results, it certainly seems to tell a “Tale of Two Cities,” as The Stranger called it. Conlin, considered the establishment candidate, handily won nearly all the well-heeled waterfront neighborhoods, while the socialist Sawant ran strong in Seattle’s less-wealthy interior.
But just how close was this correlation between election results and the wealth gap?More
For proudly progressive Seattle, the news was a bombshell.
A report released in April revealed that our metropolitan area has the widest gender pay gap in the country. Women here earn 73 cents for every dollar earned by men.
Response has been swift. The Seattle City Council and Mayor Mike McGinn have taken steps to address wage inequality among city employees. Councilmember Jean Godden plans to introduce legislation to remedy the gender pay gap citywide. And candidates in the upcoming Seattle mayoral election were even questioned about the issue in one recent debate.
The city of Seattle has certainly taken its last-place ranking to heart, so this may come as a surprise to many Seattleites: The city did not, in fact, rank last.
The report on gender pay looked at the 50 largest metropolitan areas — not cities — and it is the Seattle metro that ranked last. The Seattle metro encompasses all of King, Pierce and Snohomish counties. It includes the cities of Tacoma, Bellevue, Everett and all the rest. With a population of 3.5 million, it is a much larger area than just Seattle.More
There are some rankings in which you don’t want to be No. 1.
According to a new study, the Seattle area has the largest wage gap between women and men among 50 major metropolitan areas in the U.S. The analysis, conducted by workplace-rights group National Partnership for Women & Families, found that full-time employed women in the Seattle area make just 73 cents for every dollar earned by men. That amounts to a yearly salary discrepancy of $16,346.
Following Seattle as the metro areas with the largest wage gaps are Pittsburgh, Buffalo and Detroit, respectively. A gender wage gap exists in every metro area studied, but the smallest gap measured is in the Los Angeles area, where women’s salaries are 92 percent of men’s.More