Chart of the week: Minimum wage workers have better education, worse compensation

When the federal minimum wage increases from $6.55 to $7.25 this Friday, an estimated 4.5 million of America’s lowest paid workers will receive a raise. It’s an important step in supporting both economic growth and economic security in America.

However, the increase still leaves the real value of the minimum wage lower than it was 30 years ago. More troubling: minimum wage workers have achieved higher levels of education, one of the best measurable indicators of productivity – but wage gains haven’t followed.


More about this trend on the Economic Policy Institute’s website – also see EPI’ just released Minimum Wage Issue guide.

  • Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

More To Read

January 10, 2019

Response to Supreme Court Forgoing Direct Review of Seattle’s Income Tax on the Affluent

We look forward to the legal review of the Court of Appeals and ultimately the State Supreme Court

January 8, 2019

Governor Inslee Announces EOI-Backed Cascade Care, a Public Option Health Plan

Cascade Care ensures that Washingtonians pay no more than 10% of their income on health premiums

January 2, 2019

New Year’s 2019 Marks the Start of Family Leave Contributions

Paid family and medical leave is about to get real in Washington!