But many economists say the White House's focus skips over a stark reality: Most of the jobs that became part of the American economy in recent decades pay too little to support a middle-class family.
Despite four years of Obama policies aimed at altering this fact, most of the jobs created on his watch can still best be described as low-wage.
ďThe reality is most of our job growth isnít going to be in manufacturing, itís going to be in the services industry," Chris Owens, the executive director of the National Employment Law Project told The Huffington Post. "We need to enable those people to get a foothold into middle class.Ē
A middle-class job is one that pays between $13.84 and $21.13 per hour -- or between $28,787 and $43,950 per year -- and enables a family to afford the trappings of a middle-class lifestyle like a house, car and college education for their kids, according to NELP. Since the beginning of the economic recovery, 60 percent of the jobs created have fallen short of that standard.