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Federal Minimum Wage for .4 Percent of American Workers

some see minimum wage as being larger than it actually is

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By Tuesday, 18 December 2018 01:12 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Of the nation’s 137.9 million workers, 80.4 million are paid on an hourly basis. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that just over half a million of these hourly workers earn just the federal minimum wage. That works out to 0.4 percent of the workforce — one out of every 263 workers.

And it’s even lower among full-time workers. Fewer than one out of every 500 Americans with a full-time job are paid the minimum wage. It’s just as rare among workers 25 and older.

However, Americans overwhelmingly believe the number is much larger. Eighty-nine percent (89 percent) of American adults think that more than one out of every 10 workers are paid at the minimum.

In reality, a majority of minimum wage workers are 24 and under.

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