Can’t afford to live on your salary

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 4% of all hourly paid workers (about 3 million people) earn the before-tax $7.25-per-hour federal minimum wage or less.

Pew Research Center found that 30% of hourly workers (about 20.6 million people) are “near minimum wage” workers — those who make more than the minimum wage in their state but less than $10.10 an hour.

Many states and cities have set their own, higher minimums. For instance, the before-tax minimum wage in San Francisco is $12.25 an hour, and it will be $15 an hour by July 2018. In New York City it is $9 an hour but also slated to climb to $15 an hour.

Basic Income for Americans

 

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