Contributors: Sam Blair, Ben Henry, Jill Reese and Kristofer Bitney, Alliance for a Just Society
In recent years, a number of cities have raised their minimum wage to $15 an hour, which is significantly above federal and state minimum wages. These changes have prompted debate around the country regarding what constitutes an adequate minimum. This report contributes to that conversation by providing living wage figures, finding that current minimum wage rates are far too low to meet individuals’ and families’ needs.
How many hours does a minimum wage worker have to put in to make ends meet?