Friday, November 29, 2013

The View from the Other Side of the Cashier's Counter

On Register’s Other Side, Little to Spend. (The New York Times, 11/28/2013)

How may I help you?    For retail workers nationwide, who earn a median pay of about $9.60 an hour, or less than $20,000 a year, holiday shopping sprees are most often enjoyed by customers on the opposite side of the counter.

Americans' view on the minimum wage.

How many hours at a minimum-wage job does someone have to work to afford an apartment?

In Wisconsin, this translates to annual, family-supporting earnings of $29,598.  

Related posts:
Most of us don't buy into U.S. Chamber of Commerce handwringing over minimum wage.  (11/12/2013)
A look at the minimum wage.  (9/28/2013)

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