Idaho leads nation in minimum wage workers
February 27, 2013
The share of Idaho’s hourly workers making the
minimum wage of $7.25 an hour – or less – jumped
to 7.7 percent in 2012, the highest percentage
in the nation.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics estimated
that 31,000 of Idaho’s 404,000 hourly workers
were paid the minimum wage last year, an
increase of 12,000 from 2011, when 5 percent of
the state’s hourly workforce made the minimum
wage or less. That ranked the state 30th in
At 7.7 percent, it was the highest percentage of
minimum wage workers the state has recorded in
the decade that the bureau has been making
estimates. The previous high was in 2010 at 7.6
percent, which ranked 16th among the states.
Three of every four jobs the Idaho economy
created last year were in the service sector,
where the minimum wage jobs are.
Nationally, 4.7 percent of all hourly workers
made the minimum wage or less in 2012, down from
5.2 percent the year before.
Idaho led the 16 states and the District of
Columbia that posted increases in the percentage
of their hourly workforce at or below the
minimum wage. Idaho’s increase from 2011 was 63
percent followed by 25 percent in Vermont and
the District of Columbia.
The rest of the states saw their percentage of
minimum wage workers decline.
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