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May 29, 2013 | By Mary Gable | BlogAs my colleague Heidi Shierholz has noted, the recent “hold steady” jobs report represents an ongoing disaster for all workers. But historically, and since the Great Recession, unemployment has inflicted significantly more pain on black and Hispanic workers.
Ongoing Joblessness in Mississippi: Unemployment rate for African Americans ninth in nation, more than double the state’s white rate
May 16, 2013 | By Mary Gable | Issue BriefFive years after the beginning of the Great Recession, high unemployment rates are still taking a toll on families. In Mississippi, where the overall unemployment rate was 8.7 percent in the fourth quarter of 2012 (compared with a national average of 7.8 percent), African American families continue to bear the brunt of that economic pain.
Ongoing Joblessness in New Mexico: Unemployment rate for Hispanics far exceeds the state’s white rate
May 16, 2013 | By Mary Gable | Issue BriefFive years after the beginning of the Great Recession, high unemployment rates are still taking a toll on families. In New Mexico, where the overall unemployment rate was less than the national rate in the fourth quarter of 2012 (6.3 percent compared with a national average of 7.8 percent), Hispanic families continue to bear the brunt of that economic pain.
August 21, 2012 | By Mary Gable | Issue BriefThe Massachusetts minimum wage is currently $8.00 per hour, and a proposal to increase it to $10.00 is before the state legislature. Amid persistently high unemployment and the resulting downward pressure on wages, increasing the state’s minimum wage would provide a welcome lift to the Massachusetts economy.
January 31, 2012 | By Mary Gable | BlogThe Illinois state legislature begins its next session this week and will likely debate a bill that will raise the state minimum wage from $8.25 to $10.65 over four years—providing a substantial boost to the state’s lowest-paid workers and the economy.
July 22, 2008 | By Mary Gable | Economic SnapshotSee Snapshots archive. Snapshot for July 23, 2008. Federal government trails 23 states on minimum wage by Mary Gable Last year, the federal government strengthened its commitment to workers by increasing the minimum wage.
July 26, 2006 | By Mary Gable | Economic SnapshotSee Snapshots Archive. Snapshot for July 26, 2006. Federal inaction forces states to raise minimum wages By EPI policy analyst Mary Gable The minimum wage is a measure of how we value work in this country. It should reflect a deal society makes with every worker in America that, if you work hard and play by the rules, then you are entitled to a decent day’s wages for a decent day’s work.