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Raising America's Pay

Raising the salary threshold that says who qualifies for time-and-a-half to $984 a week would affect 6.1 million workers—most of them women and minorities. Read the report

Restaurant workers have hourly wages that are 17.2% lower than those of similar workers outside the industry. As such, they are more likely to live in poverty or near-poverty than other workers.  Read the report

Slowing the recovery to combat hypothetical inflationary pressures would leave millions in economic distress. The Fed should pursue policies that will spur full employment and create healthy wage growth. Get the facts

Raising America’s Pay is a new EPI initiative to make wage growth an urgent national policy priority. Generating broad-based wage growth is the central economic challenge of our time—essential to addressing income inequality and boosting living standards. View the research

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