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Idaho 9th in lowest wage earners

Idaho, which not long ago ranked first in the nation for the percentage of its workers earning minimum wage or less, ranked 9th in 2015, the same ranking it held in 2014. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 15,000 of Idaho’s 458,000 hourly wage workers earned exactly $7.25 an hour in 2015, while another 6,000 earned less; that puts Idaho at 4.6 percent earning minimum wage or lower, compared to a national average of 3.3 percent. Among those low-wage Idaho workers, 13,000, or 62 percent, were women/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: Do you -- or have you ever -- worked for minimum wage?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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