Data in the News is part of TeachingWithData.org, a portal of teaching and learning resources for infusing quantitative literacy into the social science curriculum in both K-12 and Post-Secondary settings.
Here, we highlight current events and news articles and the data they reference.
recent FACTANK blog post, Drew DeSilver wrote “Who Makes Minimum Wage?” that reports
3.55 million hourly workers are at or below the federal minimum, in 2012. Minimum wage earners comprised 4.7% of the 75.3 million hourly workers in the country and 2.8% of all workers in the US. By comparison in 1979, this group represented 13.4% of hourly workers and 7.9% of hourly and salary workers. These numbers are from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) which has been studying minimum-wage workers since 1979. The present-day total number of minimum wage workers, 3.55 million, does not include salaried workers or those from the 19 states and District of Columbia with a minimum wage higher than the federal minimum. Nearly two million individuals of this group earned less than minimum wage as they are a part of exempt groups, such as tipped employees and certain disabled workers.