Report Shows One-Third of U.S. Workforce Earns Less than $15 an Hour

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Chattanooga, Tennessee—



A new report out yesterday (March 22nd) from Oxfam America shows that just under one-third of the American workforce, 32 percent of workers, make less than $15 an hour. Women are more likely to be in this category, at 40 percent of female workers compared to 25 percent of male workers. People of color are also more likely to make less than $15 an hour. The information comes as the Democratic-led effort to boost the national minimum wage to $15 an hour has stalled in Congress. The national minimum wage was last raised in 2009 to $7.25 an hour. However, some minimum wage workers do make more than that if the minimum wage in their state is higher.