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Florida Ranked Worst in Nation Comparing Wages to Cost of Living

Florida (WTFF) – Florida is the least affordable state to live in, according to a new study by Joblist.com.

The study puts Florida dead last in the United States when comparing true wage rank and cost of living rank.

New York is the second least affordable place to live, coming in 6 points higher than the Sunshine State when comparing the national cost of living.

Even though the United States is one of the richest nations in the world, its citizens suffer some of the highest poverty rates among other developed nations as income inequality widens.

The richest 5% of U.S. citizens own two-thirds of the wealth, according to a 2017 study published by the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Wealth inequality is a feature of Capitalism, or in some more Conservative frameworks of thought, Corporatism, defined by Sheila Kennedy as the “organization of society by major interest groups, specifically corporations.” These corporations are enabled by politicians who accept bribes in the form of campaign contributions. This system allows companies to abuse workers in order to make huge profits for the elite few by undermining the “Invisible Hand” that Adam Smith wrote about as a metaphor for the unseen forces that move the free market economy. Today the “free market” is not free at all, but is manipulated like a puppet and taxed into ruin.

Small businesses get crushed by giant corporations who can afford to invest in more efficient technology, like better equipment and automation. The capital/money these corporations produce and reinvest comes from the commodities and services they sell, and from the surplus labor value of the employees they hire. “Boss make a dollar, I make a dime.” Since everyone is born into a world where they must have money to survive, competition arises and employers can choose from a wide pool of potential employees. Also, many large corporations exploit overseas workers by paying them a fraction of what U.S. citizens make. Therefore, it’s a “buyer’s market” for giant businesses, and that’s why wages are not rising, even though corporate profits continue to rise as both technology and exploitation make production more efficient.

The middle class is being destroyed as everyone gets propelled into two separate groups: the very rich and the very poor.

Economist Richard Wolff explains how this class structure works in a short but informative video.

There’s a wealth of information available that exposes how Capitalism exploits the working class, but as Oscar Wilde said, “The public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything, except what is worth knowing.”

Mainstream media will continue publishing propaganda to keep the working-class distracted, deceived, angry at the wrong people and hopeless. All we can do is keep speaking the truth, and hope that all the people of the world, including the apolitical, Republicans and Democrats, Libertarians and Socialists, Anarchists and Communists, will rise up against our oppressors and join together in love and solidarity.

Florida Ranked Worst in Nation Comparing Wages to Cost of Living

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White people control 90% which equals 90 trillion dollars of the racial WEALTH gap while black folks control 2.6% of the national wealth something is wrong with this picture.

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“Wealth inequality is a feature of Capitalism”? Wealth inequality is a feature of every system because of the differences in human nature.

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Written by a liberal, foul-mouthed, so-called journalist!! Would never trust this source!

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Florida is a service industry state. We cater to snow birds,tourist, and retirees. Most of the work here is to serve the people bringing their money to this state. It should be no surprise that most unskilled labor is low wages and limited benefits. The continuous good wages are in the trades and most college degrees. Welcome to the Sunshine State we got sun and strain.

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Fucking New yorkers

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I kive in central florida..
Housing is ridiculously cheap.
However.
Jobs are scarce and come with poor pay.
To be honest .. the area has. Nothing to offer but sunshine

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I’m an RN. My last RN job (2018) paid me LESS than my first RN job in 1990.
Florida legislators don’t care about constituents, they only care about lining their own pockets with corporate donations.

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Florida just gave 500 million back to the largest corporations, and we, the people, continue to suffer without healthcare.

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One sumption….GREED!!!!!

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That’s a lie. Better do your homework better. I live in Illinois and there are far more data online and proof that they are the highest tax state to live in. The sales tax alone is 10.25. Not to mention gas taxes (two). The bottom line is that I don’t pay State income in Florida is a enough to sell me. The bottom line is I lived in both states and I personally know Florida is more affordable. Which tells me this article is fake or someone bought this “research”, fake research or news!

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Florida politicians sold out the people of Florida before I was born and every since no matter which party. The biggest ripoff state to work in of all I ever worked in. Oh yea I was born there but definitely don’t want to have to live there again.

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I agree that Florida is a tuff place to stay afloat despite having some of the highest paying jobs. The cost of living in Fort Myers has skyrocketed in the last ten years and the rental market is outrageously expensive. My family and I are moving out of the state in 6 weeks because we like to actually retire on time.

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Abolish Class system and make everyone Rich!!!!

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I work for a $65 + billion dollar company and after 12 years of service I make less than $50k. Annual raises across the board are 1% and there is no cost of living raise.

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I’m a 6G Certified Master Welder/ Fabricator. I reside in Naples, Florida… I’m bringing in a bit less than $645/ week. I spend everything I earn on simply surviving here. Up North, I’d walk onto a union job at close to $34/ hour… rent a nice house for $700/ month, have a few roommates, and live high on the hog & save for retirement. But, I can’t handle the cold any longer. Sooooo, slave wages it is.

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I’m a teacher in one of the worst counties in Florida and we are one of the lowest paid counties as well. Most teachers are married but are still struggling like single people like me. Florida could care less about anybody but their own… People who have money or who have retired from other states and moved here . It’s difficult to live here but not having the means to move is a struggle too.

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What’s the best

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I live in pensaocla, the city makes millions a year off the beach plus a city and county gas tax. Rent for apt averages 1000 a month. This city is making millions yet is considered one of the poorest counties in the state. People are being killed at least three per week and the laws are used as part of the revenue stream. The homeless population is out of control and the city target them consistently for jail because they don’t want to ruin the revenue stream of tourism. If you visit Pensacola it is against the law to carry less than ten dollars if your downtown so the homeless can’t beg for money to eat. Yes this place is super crooked

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Bullshit… I love in Rhode Island we are one of the worst. Doesn’t matter much how much you get paid when they tax rape you around every corner. The pay is lower in some areas of jobs in Florida but overall it’s not bad, they take out less taxes, you don’t pay as much for property taxes or hell car tax. I pay $4200 for .16 of an acre where as in Florida you pay like $1000 for 1-2 acres. If you rent yes it’s way more expensive & sucks because they actually charge the same as here in RI & the wages of income are different

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The truth is the states are broke as fuck we are no different then the supposed payed slaves of egypt these fucking scumbags pay us bullshit money just enough to pay bills idk why people flock here this country is worthless

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this state is a piece of shit full of greedy mother fuckers hell i already BOYCOTTED the lottery its the worse of all states im tired of donating to education and kids dont even get free lunch this state needs to burn to the ground or sink

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Where does the other states like Texas and Tennessee and Kentucky come in?

Nursing homes who have most of the contacts here,
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Nursing homes who have most of the contacts here,

Another way they enrich themselves quickly with the taxpayers money to keep complaining about insufficient budget is how they deal with sick patients, sickness, hospitals and pharmaceutical companies.
They will prefer to pay over $100.000 to an hospital to empty your tax money from Medicare and Medicare just for a few days in the hospital here instead of giving $1000 to the patient directly to go find cheaper treatments somewhere else because that money goes back to their pockets as investors having big shares in those private hospitals.
They refuse to vote against the big pharmaceutical companies here that are selling one pill one thousand times more than another country like Canada or Mexico or others countries because they are big investors in those pharmaceutical companies and are only using the ooor sickness to enrich themselves with their tax money in order to keep the country broke and in debt forever and keep forcing the poor to slavery harder like animals forever while all the wealth of the country is in their pockets.
This is a crazy and insane system of exploitation called Capitalism.
ThereRich will get richer and poorer poorer always.
No sentimental feelings, no love, no compassion, no justice, no equity, nothing good as virtue.
Too mich corruption to denounce here.
A book would not be sufficient to say it all.

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It’s a criminal system of greed. Only the rich and those in power and position can accumulate the wealth of this country alone for themselves. All the officials n New York are big investors in those big corporations they favor to exploit the system as well as most of them are the ones who invested in their campaign to get them elected to power. The whole system is a crime to exploit the poor and s’efface-enrich themselves. A taxi driver they targeting daily in the city has to rent a car for $140 . He has to put $59 to $60 in gas. After working his ass for 12 hard hours risking his life driving customers everywhere throughout the city , he can barely makes $250 to $300 in a good day. After paying $140 for the car rental plus $60 for gas that makes $200. He can walk home with between $50 to $100 for himself to feed his family and pay train or car insurance if he has a car or train fare from his money. Now, if he gets a traffic ticket , he must pay at least $300 to higher for that ticket resulting him slaving for nothing for that week but to be exploited and filled the greed of his oppressors and greedy criminal exploiters. They are corrupt and heartless for money and are killing the little ones. There’s so much more to say. If you get a ticket and doesn’t have money to pay on time, you will receive a letter from them treaten to cancel your licence, freeze your bank account even you don’t have one and you will have to pay with a big penalty this time. A $50 ticket will come to be $75 for paying late. The abuses and exploitation and a oppression and extortion and abuse of power and position to fill their selfishness and enrich themselves only is beyond reason repair and understanding. It’s more than a crime. Despite there’s so… Read more »

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Traffic camera in almost every res light in New York .
No place to park.
Tickets by billions daily throughout the city.
It’s just impossible oppression and exploitation and abuse of power to fill their insatiable greed and selfishness and selling favor to the rich corporations to exploit in turn the poor hard slaving citizens and immigrants

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Forget to add that a lot of peoples in New York are thinking about moving to another state.
The only reason they stay here is because there is work here but it’s just slavery for nothing because they can never keep a penny for themselves.
The whole New York State is filled with homeless already everywhere.
Peoples who don’t understand the system blame them like it’s their faults when those poor innocents most of them have been exploited and pressed down into the system drinking their blood into hard slavery for nothing but to be exploited by the rich and the officials of New York States

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Wrong !
New York is worse .
The wage in Florida might be a little lower but at least the cost of living is also low and reasonable.
Car insurance is cheap and the citizens are not sold out to private car insurance companies to exploit them and making them pay $5000 to $6000 a year for liability insurance for a car only.
The tax is lower compared to here where we are being charged $1200 a year.
They’re not being targeted with summons and tickets to pay daily like in New York nor having to pay high insurance after getting 5 tickets and 10 points added to their licences.
New York, the middle class is making $13 to $15 an hour as minimum wage but the rent is high.
One bedroom appartement is $200 to $2500 a month.
The government is killing the immigrants and citizens in New York with parking tickets $125, , traffic ticket from $250 to $3000 .
Life has become impossible to live in New York to the corruption and exploitation of the officials in power in New York.
There’s no way peoples can pay rent to rest their heads with what they’re earning if not by sharing a room with several peoples or roommates.
The whole system in New York is rigged and oppressive exploiting the poor to favor the rich corporations.
New York is worse than Florida thousands times more.
Florida May come after maybe

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I moved here 22 years ago, refugee from Uncle Arthur Rong us…..sold my house in Maryland, moved to Orange Park and got some 15 years of pain relief….managed to stick it out in spice of all sorts of crooks, and essentially living off SS now, my largest complaint is that INsurance is not worth a damn in this state, yet they charge up the ass for it…..50 years homeowner, never had a claim, Irma changed that and they refuse to pay…..figgers..it’s Floriduh……

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I attest to this article. I lived in Miami for decades and the cost of living kept rising out of control since the mid 2000s. After the 2009 economic downturn, coupled with the huge migration of people to South Florida (never understood why), it became impossible for a middle class family to live comfortably in Miami unless your combined income is at least $200k. Otherwise, you will be surviving and not thriving. Plus, most people commute as much as 1.5 hours back and forth from work. It is hell. Do it for a few years and you wanna run as far away as possible from South Florida.

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I am disabled on social security been here over 30 yrs, I have widowed for 2 yrs, now having to leave because I can’t make my bills here, everything is high, prescriptions, utilities I don’t even live month to month leaving to Oklahoma in a few months. Getting out

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We are all chattel property, this is all by design. FL is for the elite pedophile’s freemason masters only. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4lRZHTmfj9Y&fbclid=IwAR2SlP_qL6ZGzkhSBMwfQza1jV6i3tf1LjLmAywviF26598Io9pWYZ5-trs

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I grew up in Palm Beach County and left for any reasons, not the least of which is the cost of living and the inability to make money. There are NO high paying jobs there. You can’t go to work for a company and get a salary that you can live nicely there on. The labor pool there won’t support high paying tech jobs which is why they aren’t there. People go to Florida because they dont give a damn about anythi g or because they have a lot of money to begin with.

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Much of this article sounds pike a rant against capitalism. There is an imbalance of power but not because of capitalism. It is likely because of something like political manipulation and cronyism. Additionally, kids aren’t being taught what it means to save and invest which would help narrow the divide between the haves and the have-nots.

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I make very good money here in Florida when there is work available. Because I’m a tradesman it’s like it always has been, feast or famine. That’s when knowing how to budget your money comes in quite handy. The cost of living is high here & the average wages are low. So, yes, i agree with the article, but i also agree with some of the comments. It’s your choice to live here, if you don’t like it then Georgia isn’t real far away. If you’re not happy with the money you do make then find something else that pays better. If that’s not an option then get a 2nd job. That is why we are the greatest country on the planet. If you don’t like where you are or what you’re doing you have the freedom to change either one or both.

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I have lived in Florida for over 30 years & even though I have a good job in local government, I am still living pay check to pay check. My salary isn’t bad, ut it’s not enough to cover my monthly bills. I’m single & living on one paycheck gets harder & harder every year. The cost of living is too high here & the salar8are too low. Many friends have been forced to move out of state or work multiple jobs. It’s just very sad

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Yep, keep voting blue, to raise welfare and taxes, and take more from your hard earned incomes. Then complain that you can’t afford to live. That’ll do ya.

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I believe it. I worked for a hotel for 16 years. The last month I worked there I just started making $12 an hour. After 16 freaking years. Thank god I’m married or else I would have been homeless.

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KILL THE RICH! TAKE WHAT YOU ARE OWED!

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I came from Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. Since then I have being through 4 jobs. Earning $10/hr is kinda impossible to live by yourself. Went to school for HVAC and now I’m at 15/hr with 15+ hours in overttime because of the high summer season but still is really hard to leave by your own comfortably. Need to be living with two lazy roommates so we can help each other. Is not very nice to live like this here. Thinking of leaving of the state because I’m not happy living here. Rents and everything else is too high. I don’t recommend Florida to anyone.

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What ridiculous cardboard communist drivel this article was! Dishwater Marxists may jazz hand in agreement, but honest people with backbone and work ethic see through your sham.

Quit imagining the world owes you a living and get off your asses, you lazy plantation-minded clowns. You sound like every other good for nothing stoner or spoiled self-important baby momma……stop being a cliché, already, and get a job.

One of the cheapest damned states to live in, and still you’ve failed so hard you’ve resorted to inventing an article to make excuses for yourself……

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Just moved to Miami and I regret it so much, all the jobs pay so little hourly wage and rent is expensive! I’m moving to Chicago and cant wait to get out. DO NOT come to florida unless you have a good paying job already.

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If you can’t afford to live in Florida sell drugs like the rest of the people living in Florida.

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#Voteblue2020

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I work for a Florida fire department. One of the lowest paid departments in the state, yet ranked one of the busiest. 2/3 of our department all work a 2nd job, some ever a third just to make ends meet. Our higher up elected officials do not care about the work force because they are sit in a nice AC office all day and make 6 figures a year. We haven’t seen any type of raise in over 7 years yet the cost of living, insurance rates and a bunch of other expenses continue to rise. It’s absolutely ridiculous.

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When you make $8.50-$10 an hour and the houses cost 1k-2k a month to rent… or cost 135k+ to buy. But, they keep building and tearing Central FL up adding more homes we don’t need. A huge reason we are moving out of the state in the next few weeks. Been here 20 years.

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So you mean to tell me Floirda is worse then NY? How so? I friend and his wife both work for DSNY making great money and have a standard townhouse on Long Island which was just south of 600K, 3 young kids and barely get by. Do we not account for taxes such as income? I just dont understand, I am the only income in my family of 4 and we do alright living in Lake Mary, My salary isn’t huge but $25/hr and own my ow home.

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I’ve worked for the State of Florida for 3 years and not only have they NOT given raises, they lie to their employees when asked how one can obtain a salary increase. Management is the absolute WORST I’ve ever worked under. The only training that occurs is through onboarding. Rarely do you see upper management… HR is a complete waste of time! It’s a micromanaging, snitching, meddling, type of culture. Just recently, we were informed about increases. However, in the communication, it didn’t give specifics. They use ambiguous language to communicate everything, because they don’t want to be accused of issuing fraudulent information. A few people in my office received increases, but it was only the “usual” suspects. If you don’t comply to their method of operating, you’re deemed an outcast. There’s a culture of discrimination… the yearly evaluations are very subjective, which leaves a lot of room for managers to be bias. It’s like working for a bunch of robots, who are trained to ONLY do what their told. I would not recommend ANYONE to work for the State of Florida, unless they’re comfortable with being treated like a toddler and paid like one as well.

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Good place to retire but wages are substandard..Thank God for my Pension Social Security and my 401k..

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The cost of living has gone up so much because so many of the “snowbirds” decided to move here and most of them can afford to pay higher prices. When I bought my first house it was $47,000! I’m now looking to buy a bigger house and I’ll be lucky if I can find one for under $250,000. Rent was $600/mo in my neighborhood when I bought my house now it’s well over $1500. Who can afford that kind of jump?

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Do they account for the fact that we also pay no state income tax? Florida is affordable if you own a business. In fact its one of the more business friendly states like Texas.

Many companies in Florida seem to think they can hire people on a lower wage because of “Sunshine benefits”. That’s bs. Don’t work for these companies and let them flounder until they pay a decent wage.