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May 19, 2005

Minimum Wage Woes

Heather Boushey of the CEPR has written a stunning report on America's minimum wage. Required reading. Except, you guys don't actually ready things when I say that, so here's a summary:

• Most minimum wage workers are adults. Less than one in five is under the age of 20 and more than half are between the ages of 25 and 54.

• A full-time worker making the minimum wage earns $10,300, putting her below the poverty line for a one-parent, one-child family. Health care, of course, is but a dream.

• Many workers get stuck at minimum wage, meaning that, three years after they began, they'd netted neither a promotion nor a raise. Mobility is better for men, native citizens, those who change jobs (indicating mobility and skills), and union members.

• The minimum wage itself hasn't increased since 1997. Thanks to that, inflation has made the already-paltry $5.15 an hour worth about 1/6th less in real terms than when it was instituted.

• Minimum wage workers earn an average of 68% of their total family income. This isn't a bunch of kids supporting themselves, either. 87% are over the age of 20.

• Young workers who enter minimum wage jobs out of school generally escape the pay bracket within a few years. After 10 years, only 12.2% are still earning the minimum wage plus a $1.00. Indeed, 63% beat the minimum wage within a year. The problem, rather, is older workers who reenter the labor market at the minimum wage and find themselves stuck.

• Happily, the percentage of the American economy relying on the minimum wage has dropped in the last decade. In 1992, 8.6% of men and 16.4% of women(!) were stuck at the bottom, now the numbers are 5.6% and 8.6% respectively. Notice the drop in female reliance on the wage to 3% higher than men, down from 7.8%. Unfortunately, these numbers are worse than they look (now we move to a 3-year timeframe). 24.2% of these workers simply left the job market. 36.6% remained at minimum wage. And 39.2% ascended to a better pay bracket. So of the group, 60.8% did the same or worse after 3 years. Education is a major factor here: 48.8% without a college degree remained low wage while only 20% moved up. Among college grads, 62% moved out of the minimum wage bracket within three years.

• This one's my favorite fact of all: workers in states with a minimum wage above the federal level are less likely to remain in a low wage job and more likely to advance upwards. Looks like those minimum wages aren't destroying economic opportunity after all.

There's much more in the report, which I suggest you read in full. Women are more hemmed in by the minimum wage, as are the foreign born. Job ladders really help. The minimum wage, however, is now an unacceptable low floor. It's below the poverty line, simply not adequate to live on, and needs to be raised. It's not, as conservatives want you to believe, supporting live-at-home teens but hard-working adults who're their family's primary breadwinner. We should do better by them.

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Comments

The minimum wage should be set at 10% above the defined annual poverty wage level and indexed so that it remains that way automatically.

Then the poverty wage level needs some adjusting as well to include the cost of health insurance.

Posted by: JimPortlandOR | May 19, 2005 4:23:23 PM

PDF warning...?

Posted by: randomliberal | May 19, 2005 5:15:06 PM

OT:

randomliberal- why do people request a pdf warning? I'm not being snarky, just wondering. Do people dislike pdfs?

Posted by: TJ | May 19, 2005 5:26:27 PM

Well, I used to have a rickety old iMac here at work, and opening a pdf would crash the computer. But I could also just hover my cursor over the link and see what was going on. Occasionally, though, you get surprised -- when CEPR sent out the report linked above via email a few days back, the link was disguised and I had no idea it was going to pdf on me. Oh well.

Posted by: Brad Plumer | May 19, 2005 6:27:08 PM

Most don't know it, but current versions of the Adobe reader for PDFs enable javascript - which it is wide open for nefarious things. This can be disabled, and disabling is being widely recommended.

I personally hate PDFs because even when a PDF has text copying enabled (many/most do not), you lose all formating when copying and pasting. Oh, and it takes too damn long to open also. BTW, did I mention that the scrolling in PDFs embedded in a web browser sucks?

I've made peace with PDFs, but only because I'm Latvia and Adobe is Soviet Russia.

Posted by: JimPortlandOR | May 19, 2005 6:47:14 PM

Any info on how many people are holding down more than one minimum wage job? I know that a few years back when I was at that pay level, I was working more than one for a couple of reasons--first off, working one wasn't enough to live on, even if I were full-time, and secondly, none of the minimum-wage jobs available were full-time jobs anyway. It's the low-income double-whammy.

Posted by: Incertus | May 19, 2005 6:52:46 PM

I'm trying to remember the last time I even had a minimum wage job. I'm pretty sure that even my summer job at Six Flags back in high school paid slightly more than the minimum. It may have been when I worked in my dad's office in the summers when I was (seriously) about 10 or 11 years old.

I still don't make much (IMO), but it's about three times more than the Federal minimum, and twice the California minimum.

Posted by: Mnemosyne | May 19, 2005 8:46:24 PM

Well, fair enough, re: pdfs. I was just womdering what the deal was, having seen many such little warnings throughout the blogosphere.

You really summarized that report, Ezra. Dang it- I bothered to read it and extracted very little that you hadn't summed.

One question- does anyone know if the poverty is line defined wrt gross or net earnings?

Posted by: TJ | May 19, 2005 11:33:35 PM

Ahh- it is defined before taxes. With the EITC (and no other credits), you can go from the full-time, whole-year, minimum wage earnings up to just shy of the poverty line (within a hundred or couple bucks).

Posted by: TJ | May 19, 2005 11:44:45 PM

Which is not to say that's any great shakes.

Posted by: TJ | May 19, 2005 11:49:13 PM

The Democrats should bring up a bill that raises the minimum wage a couple of bucks. If it passes, great, people and the economy get help, plus it's a good campaign issue. If it doesn't pass, it's still a good campaign issue, especially for '06.

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