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  • For many workers, stuck in a low-wage way of life

    Customers at a Salt Lake City Wal-Mart store head to the checkout lines past a worker with the company’s motto on the back of her vest. With fewer middle-income jobs available, low-wage work is becoming a dead-end for more Wal-Mart employees. Associated Press file photo

Posted: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 10:00 pm | Updated: 1:08 pm, Thu Mar 13, 2014.

WASHINGTON — For years, many Americans followed a simple career path: Land an entry-level job. Accept a modest wage. Gain skills. Leave eventually for a better-paying job.

The workers benefited, and so did lower-wage retailers such as Wal-Mart: When its staffers left for better-paying jobs, they could spend more at its stores. And the U.S. economy gained, too, because more consumer spending fueled growth.

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