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Did you know that:

  • 13.3% of the workers who earn the minimum wage or less are employed in the government sector?
  • 16.9% of the workers who earn the minimum wage or less have a college degree?
  • 47.3% of the workers who earn the minimum wage or less are married and have a spouse present?
  • 67.7% of the workers who earn the minimum wage or less work part-time (less than 35 hours)?
  • 49% of the workers who earn the minimum wage or less are under the age of 25?

3 Responses to “Fun Facts to Know and Tell: Minimum Wage Edition”

  1. Mark says:

    It’s also the case that roughly 20% of hourly-paid workers who earn the minimum wage or less are in the food service industry or in sales. Those employed in both are paid partly in fixed wages and partly on commission or by tips. Their minimum wage earnings make up only part of their total compensation.

  2. Harry says:

    How can 13% be employed by the government? That must be only temporarily, perhaps as gardeners for Harry Reed (expense account). Or maybe these are the jobs created to dig holes and fill them up, or break windows, creating more jobs.

    I think the minimum wage should be raised to $600 an hour for anyone who can utter a semi-coherent sentence, which is the going rate for lawyers, except when they work on a contingency basis. This rate should be subsidized for economists with a degree from Cornell and investment advisors with an annual gross income of less than the poverty level in Northern Virginia. Plus any member of the SEIU, of course. Hell, raise the maids to $2000 an hour.

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