- "3.6 million workers at or below the minimum wage (you can be below legally under certain conditions)"
- "That is 2.5 percent of all workers and 1.5 percent of the population of potential workers."
- "Within that small group, 31 percent are teenagers and 55 percent are 25 years old or younger. "
- "That leaves only about 1.1 percent of all workers over 25 and 0.8 percent of all Americans over 25 earning the minimum wage."
But who are those in that tiny 1.1 percent of workers earning minimum wage?
Even better, the number of people earning the minimum wage is shrinking:
- "almost two-thirds of today’s minimum wage workers are in the service industry and nearly half work in food service."
Jeffrey Dorfman, the author and professor in the department of agriculture and economics at the University of Georgia, goes on to use Bureau of Labor Statistics data to show that jobs that typically earn minimum wage have actually decrease in productivity while their wages increased.