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The Minimum Wage Is Too Damn Low

March 2012, John Schmitt

It is coming up on three years since the last increase in the federal minimum wage – to $7.25 per hour – in July 2009. This issue brief looks at how by all of the most commonly used benchmarks – inflation, average wages, and productivity – the minimum wage is now far below its historical level.

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