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Fact of the Week: 10 June 2013

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Under 3% of Hourly Workers Age 45+ Earn the Minimum Wage or Less

“Minimum wage workers tend to be young.” Among older workers, only 2.4% of hourly workers aged 45-54 have earnings at or below the federal minimum wage. Among those aged 55-64, 1.8% earn the minimum wage or less; for those aged 65 and over, the rate is 2.9%, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics analysis of Current Population Survey data.

Bureau of Labor Statistics. (2013). Minimum wage workers account for 4.7 percent of hourly paid workers in 2012. TED: The Editor’s desk. Retrieved April 1, 2013,

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