One common criticism of the recovery is that even as unemployment has declined nationally, wage inequality has risen. According to a report by the National Employment Law Project, the increase in inequality is because many people who were unemployed during the recession have accepted lower-skill and lower-pay jobs than the ones they previously had in order to make ends meet.

One reason wages are falling in these cities may be that they are still experiencing the effects of continued high unemployment. While the U.S. unemployment had dropped to 7.8% by December 2012, it was much higher in the majority of these metro areas. In six of the 10 cities, the rate was at least 9%. In four of these metro areas, the rate was over 11%.
The Cities Where Wages Are Plummeting: 24/7 Wall St.