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How fast food jobs became a career

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Ed Oberski from Michigan Works says more middle aged Americans today are working fast food jobs, some a couple of them at a time.

"We see people working a couple part-time jobs just to make ends meet," said Oberski.

So how did fast food become a career for so many middle aged Americans? We visited economics professor Dr. Tim Nash at Northwood University for the answer.

Dr. Nash says after many people lost jobs during the recession in 2009, some workers were forced into the fast food industry, and many remain there today.

"Most new jobs being added are below average household incomes, and that's what's happening because we don't have a robust economic recovery," said Nash.

However, Dr. Nash insists the answer to today's problem is not raising fast food salaries to $15 an hour.

"All that it will do is raise wages, but then companies will hire fewer people," said Nash.

While jobs have been hard to come by the last few years, Dr. Nash says opportunities are growing across our state.

"People that want to work and want to have a family income, those jobs are coming back to Michigan and there are is a lot of job growth going on here," said Nash.

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