The American Community Survey released Wednesday breaks down statistics on people, housing and the economy nationwide.
In many industries the results show wages were lower in 2011 than in 2007. The median income in San Diego County in 2011 was $31,574.
Christie Hill with the Center on Policy Initiatives has been analyzing the data.
“You have people that are working full-time year round but still finding themselves in poverty,” said Hill. “That’s just unacceptable. Businesses that are thriving here should be doing well by the community and we’re not seeing that.”
Hill said the tourism industry had the lowest median earnings in San Diego County in 2011. The survey showed those employees are making a median income of less than $25,000 per year.
“When people come to enjoy San Diego they rely on these people to serve them and to keep their rooms clean,” said Hill. “Yet they’re going home and having to make the choice between paying rent or paying a hospital co-payment that day if they get sick.”
San Diego County resident Pat Lampietti said he’s feeling the impact of the lower wages.
“Everything goes up and my wage always drops,” said Lampietti.
The survey showed Maryland had the highest median household income in 2011. California was not in the highest bracket, but still ranked above average. Mississippi had the lowest median household income.
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