Living on the Edge: Where Very Low-wage Workers Live in Pennsylvania

Authors: 
David Cooper
Authors: 
Mark Price
Publication Date: 
May 7, 2014
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Executive Summary

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.

•	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.

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.

Read the full briefing paper.

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