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Minimum Wage in Indiana Compared to Its Median Income

By    |   Wednesday, 16 Dec 2015 04:45 PM

Minimum wage workers in Indiana are struggling more with each passing year to keep a roof over their heads and feed their families, despite the state's relatively low cost of living. This is because the minimum wage Indiana is not keeping pace with the rise in living expenses, and the current minimum wage in the Hoosier State is more than $2 less per hour than what is deemed necessary to survive.

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In Indiana, the minimum wage is just $7.25 per hour, which is the lowest amount the federal government allows an employer to pay. A bill introduced into the Indiana General Assembly in 2015 that would have raised the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour, the amount that President Barack Obama has asked all states to raise their minimum wages to in order to be more aligned to living wages, failed to move in either the Senate or the House.

“That’s a poverty life, you cannot even support yourself,” Tony Flora, president of the North Central Indiana AFL-CIO, told WANE news about Indiana's minimum wage and the failure of the legislature to raise the rate.

“(It's) absolutely frustrating,” he continued. “Keeping people at this poverty wage for that long a period is absolutely cruel.”

And he's not alone in his thinking. The Washington Times Herald reported in July 2015 that to afford a small two-bedroom apartment, a single parent only earning minimum wage in Indiana would need to hold down almost two full-time jobs, as he or she needs a minimum of $29,764 to pay for rent on this apartment, as well as other basic needs. By comparison a person working only one minimum wage job in Indiana, even without taking any vacation or days off, still only earns $15,080 per year.

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Additionally, Indiana's per capita median income ranks below than the national average. Indiana residents earned $38,812 per person last year, compared to the national average of $44,543. Although the state's median income actually grew by 2.6 percent, the state still ranks 38th in the country for per capita income, which is down from 30th place in 1980 and as high as 21st place in 1950. The decline has been blamed mainly on the drop in high-paying manufacturing jobs in Indiana, the Indy Star newspaper reported.

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