This map illustrates the percentages of workers who would benefit from a raise to $15. The darker the color, the higher the concentration of low-wage workers. Click “More maps” to see the impact on different demographic groups.
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Data by state: While the federal minimum wage has been stuck at $7.25 since 2009, many states and cities have increased the minimum wage. As the wage floor rises in an area, it lifts wages for most workers.
These differences are reflected in the numbers of workers who would benefit from a raise to $15. For example, the minimum wage in California is $11 in 2019, and is increasing to $15 by 2024; this means that no workers would benefit from the raise in the federal minimum. (It does not, obviously, mean that no workers are earning low wages.) Some cities within California currently have a minimum of $15.
For more information on state labor policies, visit oxfamamerica.org/statemap.