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Summary: Caring at a Cost (2005)

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The health care industry is typically seen as one of the shining stars of San Diego’s economy – a rapidly growing industry with high wages and strong demand for skilled employees. However, the health care industry is also characterized by a large portion of low-wage occupations – 35 percent of the jobs earn a median hourly wage below a self-sufficiency wage for San Diego County. As part of an examination of employment at health care providers in San Diego, we conducted an in-depth case study of employment among lower paid employees at Children’s Hospital – San Diego (CHSD). Specifically, this report focuses its analysis on the lower paid clerical, service and maintenance employees.

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