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July 1, 2013 - 8:07 am

AFP looks at who actually earns the minimum wage:

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are about 1.6 million Americans earning minimum wage. Of those Americans, 40% percent—over 600,000 people—are teenagers or other dependents living with family members. Another 56% are adults living with a spouse who also works. Therefore, over 96% of minimum wage earners do not solely depend on that income to live. A study by the Employment Policy Institute found that for eight in ten families with children in which one parent was making the minimum wage, the parent’s earnings accounted for less than 20% of the household’s total income. Based on these statistics, the vast majority of minimum wage workers are young entry-level employees hoping to gain experience or parents earning extra income for their families. The discussion about whether the minimum wage is a “livable” one largely ignores the conditions under which most people earn it.

Still, it’s a convenient cudgel for beating up meanie right-wingers who don’t want to see young workers and second-household-income-earners priced out of the market.

Stephen Green began blogging at VodkaPundit.com in early 2002, and has served as PJMedia's Denver editor since 2008. He's one of the hosts on PJTV, and one-third of PJTV's Trifecta team with Scott Ott and Bill Whittle. Steve lives with his wife and sons in the hills and woods of Monument, Colorado, where he enjoys the occasional lovely adult beverage.

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As long as the voters do not understand basic math (and economics), they will continue to vote for statist demagogues that pass such laws.
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While "progressives" insist on invoking their "facts", all of us still have to deal with the facts: that minimum wage laws hurt more people than they help. Along with child labor laws and the moribund economy, they've shriveled the summer and part-time job market for high school and college-aged youths.
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Funny, $7.25 isn't a livring wage but 50 million americans on some form of government assistance programs is O.K.Some 5 or 10 million illegal aliens collecting some form of government assistance, income tax refunds is O.K.
56% of americas manufacturing capacity has been shipped overseas...that' O.K.!
High school drop out rates are highest since records have been kept. College quit ratios arre skyrocketing as are student tuition loan defaults.This last, now totals some $1 trillion dollars. And lawmakers are squawking about the minimum wage????Fix the mess they made...FIRST. Focus, damn it!!! Waving the magic wand and yelling PRESTO!!! Isn't going to fool Amercans anymore!
Pray. Amen. Join a Tea Party
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Let alone raising it, the very existence of the minimum wage eliminates many entry level jobs. People who need that lower rung to get started on building experience and a work history won't find it. It leads (and has lead) to many unintended problems. Take a look at Peter Schiff's discussion of America Samoa, after we forced them to adopt a minimum wage.
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Minimum wage laws are written by those without a fundamental understanding of economics. If the wage to be paid is not covered and exceeded by a profit the job will not exist. Can we please start teaching basic math to our legislators?
1 year ago
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As long as the voters do not understand basic math (and economics), they will continue to vote for statist demagogues that pass such laws.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
While "progressives" insist on invoking their "facts", all of us still have to deal with the facts: that minimum wage laws hurt more people than they help. Along with child labor laws and the moribund economy, they've shriveled the summer and part-time job market for high school and college-aged youths.
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