Is It Possible to Afford Rent Working Minimum Wage?
See how far that “living wage” will take you
The current federally mandated minimum wage in the United States is $7.25 an hour, but there is a campaign going on called Fight for $15 that’s lobbying to more than double that number. Why? Because $7.25 is, flat out, inhumane. It turns out there isn’t a single state in America where a worker can afford even a one-bedroom apartment by putting in 40 hours a week while earning minimum wage. South Dakota comes the closest to making it work. People there only need to put in 49 hours each week to afford a place to live, but residents of Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Virginia, California and Washington D.C. aren’t so lucky. At the current federally mandated minium, workers in those states would need clock more than 90 hours each week to pay for a single bedroom apartment.
There are 30 states with minimum mandates that exceed the national figure — while Wyoming and Georgia manage to have rates that are somehwere even lower than $7.25 —but not by much. The highest state-level amount is $10.50 in nation’s Capitol, where you’ll be able to afford an apartment after 40 hours as long as you don’t plan on eating.
So the question beomes: Is what we have really a “living” wage, or just a survivable one?
Written and Produced by Gabriel Reilich
Graphics by Aaron Thacker
Should Students Boycott School Until The U.S. Government Does Something About Guns? “Grind the system to a halt.”
Why You Should Care About The Rohingya — And What You Can Do To Help While the “fastest growing refugee emergency in the world” may seem dire, there’s still plenty you can do to help.
Canceling Student Loan Debt Isn’t Just A Dream. It Could Save The Economy. What would you do if your student loan debt was eliminated?
Chicago Cubs Player Attends Candlelight Vigil After Shooting At Alma Mater Anthony Rizzo calls for stricter gun laws.
Athletes Are The Most Important Part Of The Olympics. Or Are They? A former Olympic high jumper on how the rights of athletes aren't always the top priority. A former Olympic high jumper on how the rights of athletes aren't always the top priority.
Kristen Bell Shares Relationship Advice She’s Learned Over 11 Years With Dax Shepard She and her hubby have been through a lot.