The map shows the percentage of monthly income a minimum-wage earner in each county would spend on housing, based on the HUD-determined fair market rent of a two-bedroom dwelling and the minimum wage in each state, which ranges from the $7.25 per hour federal minimum to $8.55 per hour in Washington. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that 2.2 million of the 75 million hourly workers in the U.S. earn minimum wage and that roughly one in six U.S. workers are employed part time.
By the Numbers:
Housing affordability and minimum-wage earners
Mon, Aug 3, 2009 (2 a.m.)