Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Characteristics of Minimum Wage Workers Report--2012

According to a report just released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics hourly workers who work at or below minimum wage are most likely to be young, female, less-educated and never-married. In addition, they are most likely to work part-time, in a service occupation and in the leisure/hospitality services industry.

In 2012, 758,000 workers in Utah age 16 and over were paid at hourly rates. Among those paid by the hour, roughly 21,000 earned exactly the prevailing federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. About 16,000 had wages below the federal minimum. Together, these 37,000 workers with wages at or below the federal minimum made up 4.9 percent of all hourly paid workers—just slightly higher than the U.S. average of 4.7 percent.

Interestingly, Utah’s northern neighbor, Idaho, showed the highest state rate of hourly workers making at or below the minimum wage (7.7 percent). Other high-share minimum-wage worker states tended to congregate in the south. The west coast generally showed the lowest percentage of minimum-wage workers.

To access the full report, click here.

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