Tuesday, April 14, 2015

[NJFAC] Living Wage Calculator; Low Wages Cost U.S. Taxpayers $152.8 Billion/Year in Public Support for Working Families

Introduction to the Living Wage Calculator   look up by state

The High Public Cost of Low Wages Ken Jacobs, Ian Perry and Jenifer MacGillvary, UC Berkeley Labor Ctr April 13, 2015

Low Wages Cost U.S. Taxpayers $152.8 Billion Each Year in Public Support for Working Families

Even as the economy has at last begun to expand at a more rapid pace, growth in wages and benefits for most American workers has continued its decades-long stagnation. Real hourly wages of the median American worker were just 5 percent higher in 2013 than they were in 1979, while the wages of the bottom decile of earners were 5 percent lower in 2013 than in 1979.