Monday, September 07, 2009

Labor Day Facts

When the minimum wage was implemented under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, workers received $.025 per hour. It increased to $1.00 in 1956. Twenty years later the minimum wage went to $2.30. As of July 2009, the wage now stands at $7.25.

The following states pay ABOVE minimum wage:

Washington $8.55; California, Illinois & Massachusetts $8.00; Vermont $8.06; Oregon $8.40; Rhode Island & Michigan $7.40; Maine & New Mexico $7.50; Ohio $7.30; Colorado $7.28; District of Columbia $8.25

These states pay BELOW minimum wage:

Arkansas $6.25; Wyoming $5.15; Georgia $5.15; Minnesota $6.15; Kansas $2.65

There are 7.7 million workers who hold down more than one job.

Obviously you can understand why with minimum wage not keeping up with today's cost of living.

**Statistics provided by the U.S. Department of Labor**


Debra Stokes said...

Thanks for this information, Bev. It helps to stop and take stock of the FACTS of our day to day living. I was shocked to see those states where the minimum wage is less than the norm. Amazing how those governments think people can live on so little. I suppose they feel that the cost of living in their states are lower. Whatever their rational, it seems wrong.

Happy Labor Day, anyway!

Pam Archer said...

To my own financial detrement, I pay my employees from $9.50 - $17.00 per hour. I want to treat them right, like family, and so they will stay will me for the long-term. I also provide all of their meals. I cook for them on days that we are working in the workshop, and provide there meals and drinks when we are on-site.