Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Obamanomics: Stalled Wages..unless of course you're a Baby Sitter

Wages for most US workers have stagnated, with the exception of one little-noted group: the American baby sitter. 
Baby sitter rates across the nation have soared, with costs in Greater Boston among the highest. Teenage sitters here command about $10 an hour, a wage that has risen about nine times faster than inflation since the early 1980s, according to the Labor Department. And the more-experienced sitters — those with college degrees or who, say, speak fluent Mandarin — fetch $17 an hour or more.
The average is about $12 an hour — more than the average wage of health care aides or retail salespeople. Only San Francisco, New York, Washington, and Los Angeles have higher baby-sitting rates, according to a site for baby sitters, 
“In this day and age to find a qualified sitter is difficult and when you finally do, they’re so expensive you can’t really afford them,” said Heather Walker, a mother of two in Jamaica Plain. “My husband and I have been on about five dates in five years.”
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