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News from EPI Workers 20 years of age and older benefit most from proposed hike to federal minimum wage

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Contact: Phoebe Silag or Karen Conner, news@epi.org 202-775-8810

Workers 20 years of age and older benefit most from proposed hike to federal minimum wage

Proposals have emerged in both the House and Senate to increase the federal minimum wage to $9.80 by July 1, 2014. Nationally, 87.9 percent of those affected by increasing the federal minimum wage are 20 years of age and older. In a graph of state-by-state data, today’s Snapshot shows that those affected who are 20 or older varies by state, from a low of 77.1 percent in Massachusetts to a high of 92.4 percent in Florida (and 93.9 percent in the District of Columbia).