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Minimum Wage Earners in US – Who are they ?

All the statistics here apply to those who would be affected by the proposed increase to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10. The analysis also includes a number of workers making slightly above $10.10, who, history suggests, would receive a raise if the minimum wage were increased.

  • Minimum-wage workers are older than they used to be. 
  • They’re split fairly evenly between full-timers and part-timers. 
  • Many have kids. One in eight lives in a high-income household.
  • Most are women.
  • Most are white, but minorities are overrepresented.
  • They’ve got some schooling, though less than other workers.
  • They’re in every state, but are overrepresented in the South.

Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story at 

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via Minimum Wage: Who Makes It? – NYTimes.com.

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