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March 27, 2006

Minimum wage workers

There’s discussion in North Carolina about raising the minimum wage, and N.C. State University economist Mike Walden says workers making that wage are a distinct group.

“The majority of them are not prime age workers with families," says Dr. Walden, an economist with North Carolina Cooperative Extension. "Instead, the majority are teenagers and young workers under the age of 24 who are primarily in entry level jobs.

"Also most of them are working part-time, and studies show that within a year they move into a higher paying job.

"So when we talk about minimum-wage workers, I think the image is of a person who is trying to support a family on 5.15 an hour," he concludes. "That’s just not the case."

Posted by deeshore at March 27, 2006 08:00 AM