The Raise the Wage Act would disproportionately help workers in poverty

Share of affected workers by their family's income-to-poverty ratio

Income-to-poverty ratio At or below poverty line 101–200% of poverty line 201–400% of poverty line 401% or above Poverty status not available
17.5%  29.2%  33.1% 18.6% 1.5%

Share of workers in each income-to-poverty group that would get a raise

Income-to-poverty ratio Share of each category
At or below poverty line 67.3%
101–200% of poverty line 53.6%
201–400% of poverty line 28.0%
401% or above 10.6%
Poverty status not available 65.6%

Source: Economic Policy Institute Minimum Wage Simulation Model using data from the Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and Congressional Budget Office. See Cooper, Mokhiber, and Zipperer 2019.

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