Raising the Minimum Wage: Key Facts and Figures
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In New York State, roughly 37% or workers earn low wages (less than $15 per hour, or $31,200 per year). In Erie County, the percentage is 41% (159,800 of 393,600 wage-earning workers). 94% of low wage workers in New York State are age 20 or over. 67% of those earning low wages are working 35 hours per week or more. 51% of those earning low wages have some college education or more. 53% of low-wage workers are female. 53% are white, 18% are black, 21% are Hispanic, and 9% are Asian. Almost half of all black and Hispanic workers earn low wages. Of low-wage workers, about one third (1.1 million) earn less than $10 per hour.
Buffalo; Poverty/Low Wage Work/Income Inequality; Wages and Benefits; Policy Brief; PPG; Data/Demographics/History