I haven't worked construction in almost a year
First I did construction for some amount of years that were never reported for $6/hr
Then I did three months of construction on the books for $7/hr
Then I read electric meters for nine month for $8/hr
Then I was a cashier at an Exxon for three months for $5.15/hr
Now I've moved up inside the company and manage two stores, yet still on "probationary" pay.
The only better jobs in the area are International Paper, which sucks; Cooper Tire, which is on strike right now; Domtar, which is hard as heck to get into; and an OCI Hosting/computer assembly place that they're getting ready to build near my house. It'* an area with a lot of entry level positions and few good paying jobs. $8/hr is darned good money here. Just look up a COL index. Your $11.17/hr is equal to my $8.