Since it was last raised in 2009, to the current .25 per hour, the federal minimum has lost about 8.1% of its purchasing power to inflation.The Economist recently estimated that, given how rich the U. is and the pattern among other advanced economies in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, “one would expect America…to pay a minimum wage around an hour.” Nearly half (48.2%) of the 3 million hourly workers who were at or below the federal minimum in 2014 were ages 16 to 24.(See more about the demographics of minimum-wage workers.) Twenty-nine states, plus the District of Columbia and nearly two dozen cities and counties, have set their own higher minimums.Are you wondering why it makes sense to use a paid press release distribution service when there are so many places you can publish information online at no cost?
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While the idea of raising the minimum wage is broadly popular, a Pew Research Center survey from January 2014 found clear partisan differences in support.
Overall, 73% of people favored an increase in the federal minimum to .10 an hour, mirroring a Democratic-backed proposal that failed to move ahead in Congress last year.
As efforts to raise the federal minimum wage from .25 an hour have stalled repeatedly, several states and cities – from Los Angeles to New York state to Washington, D. – are acting on their own to raise minimum pay rates.
Although some proposals target fast-food workers specifically, organized labor and anti-poverty groups are pushing for an hour as the new standard for all workers paid hourly.