by Ben Gitis
American Action Forum
December 03, 2013
Looking specifically at how minimum wage relates to poverty, only 0.3 percent of people in families with incomes below the relevant 2011 federal poverty lines worked an hourly job and made at or below the minimum wage. The minimum wage does not help people in poverty who actually work. When examining the working poor, only 7.8 percent of all hourly-paid workers in poverty earn at or below the minimum wage. Since so few working people in poverty actually earn at or near the federal minimum wage, very few would benefit from a minimum wage increase. A look at the data reveals that a disproportionate number of people who earn minimum wage are teenagers in families that have incomes well above the national average.

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