BUSINESS COLUMN: Recession brings minimum wage into focus The Salem economy is improving. However, most of those who remain unemployed are in the lowest-paying industries, a unique aspect of this economic downturn. By Pamela Ferrara - Special to Salem Reporter October 13, 2020 at 8:51am Read this article for free. Sign up for a free trial. It’s fast and easy. No credit card needed. Log in if you have a subscription. Want to skip the trial? Subscribe. If you are a human, ignore this field Looks like you already have an account. Log in.