08-07-2006, 02:50 AM
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: In a very special place
Re: Who earns minimum wage?
A summation of who earns from the article:
Here are a few important characteristics of the teenagers and young adults who earn the minimum wage or less:
Fully 67 percent work part-time jobs.
Their average family income is $64,000 per year.
Only 17 percent live at or below the poverty line, while 65 percent enjoy family incomes over twice the poverty line.
They have less education than the population as a whole. Fully 36 percent have not completed high school, and 21 percent have only a high school degree. Another 37 percent have taken college courses but do not yet have a bachelorâ€™s degree; many of these are college students working part-time while in school.
Fully 65 percent are women.
Only 5 percent are married.
I have two issues with this "study" by the Heritage Foundation, the average family income is $64,000 is not qualified, which makes me suspect of the findings. How do they know this? What is their source? I could say the average family income is $32,000, they need to cite their source. Is this a fluff statistic??
The second issue is 65% are women, is that a problem for anyone? Is there a glass ceiling for minimum wage earners.
I find the whole minimum wage thing concerning, as what the hell can you do with earning $206 per week, ft for minimum wage, the reality is that it may be framed as students, but step and look at the big picture. There seems to be a preponderance of women who are not benefitting from this booming economy.
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