Average family losing £53.69 a week in wages
REAL wages in Somerset have fallen by 6.7 per cent since 2007, with men losing £36.56 a week, and women losing £17.13, according to TUC research.
The figures show that in 2007, the average hourly pay in the county, in 2012 prices, was £10.94 whereas now it has now fallen to £10.20.
The figure drops from £12.46 to £11.55 for men, and from £9.47 to £9.04 for women.
In North Somerset, men are losing £53 a week. In 2007, the average hourly pay for men in the area, in 2012 prices, was £15.95.
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It now stands at £14.62 - a fall of 8.4 per cent. Women's hourly pay has fallen from £10.96 to £10.40, a drop of 5.1 per cent, and a hit of £22.41 each month.
In the South West, wages have fallen by five per cent since 2007, with men losing £32.28 a week, and women losing £19.96.
In 2007, the average hourly pay within the region, in 2012 prices, was £11.32 and has now fallen to £10.67.
The figure drops from £13.07 to £11.98 for men and from £9.90 to £9.67 for women.
Nigel Costley, regional secretary of the South West TUC, said: "Across the South West families are still really struggling to make their money go far enough - and are often having to go into debt - as they experience a huge squeeze on their household incomes.
"With real wages still falling, most people are being forced to use their credit cards, pay-day loans or their dwindling savings if they need to purchase anything beyond the most every day of items.
"And in many cases when people have lost their jobs, and are fortunate enough to find work, they are forced to take jobs with fewer hours and on lower rates of pay.
“This is not the way to build a strong economy - the UK needs far more better jobs on much better rates of pay.”