Monday numbers

Monday numbers

minimum-wage27.25—amount in dollars of the current federal minimum wage (“Prosperity Watch Issue 64, No. 2: More than 120,000 North Carolinians are paid minimum wage or less,” N.C. Budget & Tax Center, August 15, 2016)

9—number of years since the federal minimum wage was increased to $7.25 from $5.15 (Ibid)

3—percentage of workers in the United States who earned the federal minimum wage or less in 2015 (Ibid)

5.1—percentage of workers in North Carolina who earned the federal minimum wage or less in 2015 (Ibid)

4—number of states with a higher percentage of workers than North Carolina who earned the federal minimum wage or less in 2015 (Ibid)

80,000—number of women in North Carolina who earned the federal minimum wage or less in 2015(Ibid)

16.21—amount in dollars of the hourly wage it takes to make ends meet—buying groceries, paying the rent, putting gas in the car, etc.–according to a calculation of the Living Wage Standard done every two years by the N.C. Budget & Tax Center (“The State of Working North Carolina 2015,” N.C. Justice Center)

65—percentage increase in worker productivity from 1979-2013 (Ibid)

8.2—percentage increase in wages from 1979-2013 (Ibid)

153.6—percentage increase in wages for the top 1 percent from 1979-2013 (Ibid)

29—number of states that had minimum wages higher than the current $7.25 federal minimum wage as of January 1, 2015 (Ibid)

1,065,000—number of workers in North Carolina who would benefit from an increase in the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour (“Raise the Wage, www.whitehouse.gov)

28,000,000—number of workers in the United States who would benefit from an increase in the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour (Ibid)

71—percentage of voters in North Carolina who support raising the minimum wage to at least $10 an hour (Public Policy Polling, August 10, 2016)

80—percentage of CEOs, business owners and executives at companies of all sizes who support raising the minimum wage in their states. (“Leaked Poll for Chambers of Commerce Shows Business Execs Overwhelmingly Support Raising the Minimum Wage, National Employment Law Project, April 12, 2016)