Daily Nugget

*Well, almost daily

Which states have minimum wages below the federal minimum wage?

01/20/10

Show me the nugget

ARKANSAS, GEORGIA, COLORADO, MINNESOTA and WYOMING

What: According to the Department of Labor, the federal minimum wage for covered, nonexempt employees is $7.25 per hour. Of the 45 states that have enacted minimum wage laws, these five have state wages below the federal wage:

Georgia: $5.15
Wyoming: $5.15
Minnesota: $6.15 for large employer; $5.25 for small employer
Arkansas: $6.25
Colorado: $7.24

Why: Some states set minimum wage laws above or below the federal minimum. In some states, like Minnesota, most employees are entitled to receive the higher wage. But some occupations - like domestic workers, babysitters, seasonal employees, or workers from a local business that doesn’t qualify as participating in interstate commerce - are exempt from federal wage laws. In some of these cases, workers are paid the state’s minimum wage.

Get this: On July 24, 2009, the federal government raised the minimum wage to $7.25 an hour. That move helped an estimated 4.5 million workers. But according to the Economic Policy Institute, an individual earning $7.25 an hour in a standard work year would earn an annual income of $14,500. That’s below the 2009 federal poverty level of $14,570 for a family of two.

Learn more about the difficulties involved with climbing out of poverty by listening to today’s story on Marketplace.

Post a comment

Comment preview will appear below. If responding to another comment, your comment will appear below the original comment when it's published.

The following HTML tags are allowed in your comments:

  • Bold: <strong>Text</strong>
  • Italic: <em>Text</em>
  • Link: <a href="http://url">Link</a>

What is the Nugget?

After you listen to Marketplace, do you wish the fun would just keep going? The Daily Nugget is here to help. Each day or close to it we'll find a nugget of information related to something in the news. Who knows what the Nugget might be? From the minute to the monumental, The Nugget will satisfy your cranial cravings.

February 2013

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
          1 2
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28