Wednesday, November 20, 2013

MassBudget: A breakdown of who would be affected by a minimum wage increase - by region and demographics

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Increasing the Minimum Wage: Who's Affected 
Raising the minimum wage would increase the wages of hundreds of thousands of people across the Commonwealth. Our new factsheet and interactive tool help provide a more complete picture of who would be affected.

Using the new interactive tool allows you to see that raising the minimum wage to $11 by 2016 would affect roughly 589,000 people. What is more, it shows a detailed breakdown by race, gender, income, education, and more--including the fact that 88% of the people affected would be 20 years old or older.  

Separately, our updated report on The Regional Impact of a Minimum Wage Increase looks at how a minimum wage increase would affect people in different areas of the state. We find that substantial numbers of people in every region of the state would see their wages rise, and the effect would be particularly widespread in low-income communities.

The Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center (MassBudget) produces policy research, analysis, and data-driven recommendations focused on improving the lives of low- and middle-income children and adults, strengthening our state's economy, and enhancing the quality of life in Massachusetts.

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