Here's how many hours a minimum wage employees would have to work to afford a one-bedroom apartment in each state.
It is quite shocking that there is not a single state in the U.S. where a minimum wage employee working full-time can fairly afford to rent a one-bedroom apartment. While 29 states, plus the District of Columbia, have taken steps to raise the minimum wage above the federal rate of $7.25 per hour, affordable housing remains unachievable for the country's low-income workers.
For the purposes of this report, an "affordable" appartment is defined one according to the federal standard, which maintains that a housing unit is affordable if rent and utilities cost 30 percent or less of a household's gross income
Note: Florida's minimum wage is $8.05 per hour, which is not noted on the map above.
At full-time, a minimum wage worker would have to make at least $15.50 per hour to be able to rent a one-bedroom apartment at the fair market rent. And if they have family, they would have to make $19.35 per hour to afford a two-bedroom unit.
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