Many Workers Are Near-Minimum-Wage Workers

As reported by Pew Research Center, there are about 20.6 million people — 30% of all hourly, non-self-employed workers 18 and older who earn more than the current minimum wage but less than the $10.10 hourly rate that emerged over the past year as a consensus goal of many Democrats and labor groups.

Maryland’s General Assembly voted to raise Maryland’s statewide minimum wage to $10.10 per hour this past legislative session.  The Governor signed the bill into law, which phases in increases in the minimum wage over several years. At this year’s MACo Winter Conference, representatives of Maryland’s county human resources offices will be discussing the effect of the new minimum wage law, and the recent recession on wage compression and hiring for county government employment.

For more information on near-minimum-wage workers, see the full story from Pew’s Research Center, Where near-minimum-wage workers work, and how much they make.  For information on Maryland’s new minimum wage law, see our previous post on Conduit Street, Maryland Governor Signs Minimum Wage Law.

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