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Minimum Wage Issue Guide

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EPI’s Issue Guide on the Minimum Wage provides an accessible overview for those who are interested in the effects this important labor market policy has on the economy and its workers. This Issue Guide is comprised of a series of fact sheets, important data and charts, and a bibliography of the key research conducted by both EPI and others in this area.


This Minimum Wage Issue Guide specifically includes data on how many people are affected state-by-state, along with information about trends on the minimum wage’s value over time, and other clear, research-based answers to the key questions and issues in the current national debate over minimum wage policy.

Who will get a raise? How it will affect their families’ living standards? Where will the impact be greatest? What are the likely effects for the economy and the labor market? These questions and more are answered in EPI’s comprehensive Minimum Wage Issue Guide, newly updated on our Web site and in a print-friendly PDF.

Fact sheet for 2009 minimum wage increase

Key EPI publications and other minimum wage resources

Tables, figures, and data

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