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Minimum Wage: 10 Facts About Pennsylvania's Minimum Wage

By    |   Wednesday, 13 Jan 2016 05:15 PM

The Pennsylvania Minimum Wage Act instructs the Department of Labor and Industry to create an annual report that provides demographic information and other relevant details from the previous calendar year about workers paid the minimum wage or below.

Here are 10 facts from the 2014 minimum wage report conducted by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry’s Center for Workforce Information and Analysis.

1. The state’s General Assembly changed the Pennsylvania Minimum Wage Act in 2006. Since then, the minimum wage has increased several times. In 2007, the wage went from $5.15 an hour to $6.25. On July 1, 2007, the wage increased to $7.15. The last increase was to $7.25 an hour on July 24, 2009, which became effective the same date as the federal minimum wage.

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2. In 2014, the number of Pennsylvania workers who earned a minimum wage or less was 157,500. This amount was 17.5 percent lower than the levels from the previous year.

3. Most of the Pennsylvania workers making at or below the minimum wage in 2014 were females, white, between 16 and 24 years old, either high school graduates or less, and never married.

4. In 2014, 82 percent of workers earning the minimum wage or less in Pennsylvania didn’t have any children. Eight percent were single parents. Ten percent were married and either had one child or more.

5. The food services and drinking venues, retail trade, and education services are among the industries that employ workers at or below the minimum wage.

6. More than three-fourths of hourly workers earning the minimum wage or less worked part-time in 2014, while nearly 77 percent of hourly workers making more than the minimum wage worked full-time.

7. Fifty-four percent of workers earning the minimum wage or less worked in food preparation and serving-related occupations in 2014.

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8. During 2009 to 2014, the number of minimum wage workers dropped by 35.2 percent.

9. A full-time worker making the minimum wage in Pennsylvania earned $15,080 in 2013. If the minimum wage stays at the federal minimum, these individuals will stay below 100 percent of the Federal Poverty Threshold for both a two- and a three-person household.

10. Two-dozen states had a higher minimum wage rate compared with Pennsylvania in 2014. Their rates ranged from $7.40 to $9.32.

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