Patchwork of Paychecks: California
There are not enough jobs to go around in California. There are 2.7 million job seekers, but only about 617,000 total job openings. Of those, only 42 percent pay a living wage for a single adult and only 15 percent pay enough for a single adult with two children to make ends meet. This means there are 10 job seekers for every job opening that pays a living wage for a single adult and 30 job seekers for every job opening that pays a living wage for a single adult with two children.
Additionally, women and people of color in California are more likely to work part-time than are workers overall. While nearly 27 percent of all workers reported working part-time, 37 percent of Native American workers, 29 percent of Latinas and Latinos and 35 percent of female workers reported working fewer than 40 hours per week.