President Barack Obama proposed last night that the United States raise the minimum wage to $9.00 per hour.
While that may seem like a massive raise for low earners — the current minimum wage is $7.25 per hour — we learned that when accounting for the impact of inflation this would be far from the first time that the United States minimum wage exceeded $9.00 in 2012 dollars.
There’s an even more comprehensive look at how the United States minimum wage stacks up, and that’s by comparing it to other nations.
Take a look at how the minimum wage levels in member nations of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, the economic club for rich countries:
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A recent national report shows that Louisiana is one of only five states without a state-set minimum wage, but state officials say it doesn’t really matter. The National Conference of State Legislators report shows that Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, South Carolina and Tennessee have no set minimums that must be paid to workers in private or … Continue reading »
US / Minimum wages raises will benefit nearly 1 million workers in 10 States reports National Employment Law Project
The minimum wage will increase in ten states on Jan. 1, modestly boosting the incomes of nearly one million low-paid workers in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Missouri, Montana, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington. The state minimum wage rates will rise between 10 and 35 cents per hour, resulting in an extra $190 to $510 … Continue reading »
New York / Minimum-wage hike would kill 22,000 jobs over the next decade finds The National Federation of Independent Business
A proposal to hike the state’s minimum wage would kill 22,000 jobs over the next decade and cut economic output by $2.5 billion, New York’s small- business lobby claimed in a study released yesterday. The National Federation of Independent Business report estimates that seven of every 10 job losses would occur in small businesses, which … Continue reading »
Nannies, caregivers and housecleaners earn a median wage of about $10 an hour, and few receive benefits like health insurance or paid sick days, according to the first-ever national statistical study of domestic workers, which is being released Tuesday. The study, based on interviews with 2,086 workers in 14 major metropolitan areas, found substantial differences … Continue reading »