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Wages in South Florida grow slowly

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People who work in South Florida are seeing a little more money. Few are seeing large salary increases.

Wage increases in South Florida decreased to 1.7 percent in the year that ended on June 30, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on August 6. In March, private sector pay in Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties saw a growth of 2.3 percent more than the national yearly 1.7 percent increase in wages, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics contained in an article by Donna Gehrke-White in the August 7 Sun Sentinel.

"I think it is unfortunate that people who work so hard and for long hours don't see much of a pay increase. Look at how much the big executives earn with huge salaries and stock options," said Miguel Ortega, a construction worker.

"We should see a lot more in pay and perks for all the work we do. It really bothers me that I work so hard and make so little," said Brent Sol, who buses tables at a restaurant.

"I know people would like to be making more money, but at least more people have jobs. I know it was hard for me to make a living a few years ago. Yes, I feel I should earn more for what I do. But I have a job managing an office and I feel glad to have it," said Brian Sanford.

"The economy is slowly turning around and more people are getting back to work. I think as people get to work and demand for goods and services increases, wages will increase even more," said Linda Benson, a restaurant server.

"It is good that more people are working but we need to see more money for working people. I think we should have a raise in the minimum wage. I work in a restaurant and I see a lot of people struggling to make a living and care for their families," said Brandy Flagg.

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