Giving the Local Economy a Boost: The Impact of Raising the Pennsylvania Minimum Wage to $10.10 Per Hour by County
This Policy Watch examines the local impact of a minimum wage increase to $10.10 per hour. On the right are fact sheets for each county including detailed demographic data including age, gender and family income of the workers that would get a raise if the minimum wage were increased to $10.10 per hour.
Boost Wages, Boost the Economy
When a significant number of jobs in Pennsylvania don't pay enough for our neighbors to afford the basics – things like food, car repairs and eyeglasses – the local economy slows down. For many in our communities wages are so low that they are forced, even while working, to rely on the local food bank to help make ends meet. Policies to raise the wage and benefits floor can help restore spending on the basics and, in the process, boost the local economy.
There are several proposals before the Pennsylvania legislature to raise the minimum wage. One of those proposals, an increase in the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour, would boost the wages of 1.2 million workers, or 23%, of the state’s resident workforce. In total, wages in Pennsylvania would increase by $1.8 billion. The higher spending that would result from these wage increases would generate 6,000 jobs.
Raising the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour would benefit 2.9 times as many workers and boost total wages more than five times as much as an alternative proposal to increase the minimum wage to $8.75 per hour.
The majority of workers in Pennsylvania that would get a raise as a result of a statewide minimum wage increase are adults (87%) working full-time (50%). On average the Pennsylvania workers that would benefit from a minimum wage increase earn 41% of their family income.
Increasing the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour would result in a meaningful boost to family incomes in Pennsylvania and help grow the state’s economy.