The Minimum Wage In The United States

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The combination of high cost of living, low-wage jobs, and high unemployment rate causes, as stated before, the staggering increase of poverty which then forces most families and people with low-incomes into homelessness. In 2007, 12.5 percent of the United States population, 37.3 million people, lived in poverty and since then has increased to 14.8 percent or 46.7 million people. Over the past 25 years low wages and the lack of job opportunities have not kept up with the growing increase of living expenses leaving people unable to pay their rent or feed and clothe themselves and their families. The minimum wage in the United States today is worth less than 27 percent of what it was back in 1968. Although the unemployment rate has dropped

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