Minimum Wage

Topics: Minimum wage, Wage, Employment Pages: 4 (873 words) Published: April 22, 2015
Jazmine Aduna
Professor Wilder
English 100
9 March 2015

Many people can think back and remember the time when they were working at their first job. For many, a first job comes with a minimum wage hourly rate. Many teens taking on their first job are willing to take any pay and are therefore satisfied with this rate. The current minimum wage in California is $9 and $7.25 across the United States. The minimum wage must be raised because the cost of living has gone up severely, the cost of education has increased, and it will save the government money.

Since the cost of living has sky rocketed, it has become almost impossible to raise a family on a minimum wage job. A person living on his or her own cannot survive on minimum wage job either. Their living expense would just be too much. The earnings of minimum wage workers are crucial to their families well being. Evidence from 2013 and 2014 minimum wage increase shows that an average minimum wage worker brings home more than half of his or her family's weekly earnings. In 2013 one million single mothers with children under 18 would have benefited from a minimum wage increase to $10.15. Single mothers are 10% of workers affected by an increase but they make up only 5.7 of the overall work force.

More than two million married men and women with children under age 18 would also benefit from an increase.
Adults make up the largest share of workers who would benefit from a minimum wage increase. Adults age 20 and over will make up approximately sixty-eight percent of the workforce affected by a minimum wage increase to $10.15 by 2015. Close to half of the workers who would benefit from a minimum wage increase work full time and another third work between twenty and thirty four hours a week. The minimum wage needs to be increased for families to survive in our society today.

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