Adult Women Make up Nearly Half of Minimum Wage Earners
Who would benefit if the minimum wage rose from $7.25 to $9 an hour?
As of 2011, about 3.8 million hourly workers earned at or below the minimum wage, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Of these people, about 49% are women age 20 or older, 59% have a high school diploma or less, and about 24% are teenagers between the ages of 16 and 19.
Overall, these 3.8 million workers make up 5.2% of all U.S. workers paid an hourly rate. (The data does not include workers on fixed annual salaries or weekly rates).