Living on the Edge: Where Very Low-wage Workers Live in Pennsylvania
This briefing paper estimates the number of workers in each Pennsylvania county and metropolitan area that would be affected by a minimum wage increase to $10.10 an hour by 2016.
Our findings in brief:
- In 52 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties, more than one fifth of workers (21% or more) would benefit from an increase in the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour.
- Philadelphia and Allegheny counties have the largest number of workers that would benefit from an increase in the minimum wage at 113,452 and 89,913 respectively.
- In 48 rural counties in Pennsylvania, 341,528 workers – or nearly one out of every four (23%) rural workers – would benefit from a minimum wage increase.
- In the remaining 19 urban counties, three quarters of a million (732,472) workers, 18% of the region’s workforce, would benefit from a minimum wage increase.