EPI: Baltimore’s Minimum Wage Proposal Would Benefit 98,000


[EPI’s] analysis describes the demographics of these workers in great detail. I will simply note here that among the workers who would benefit from the higher minimum wage in Baltimore:
  1. The overwhelming majority are adults—only 4.3 percent are teens;
  2. The majority (55 percent) are women;
  3. The majority (54.2 percent) are black, and more than two-thirds (68.4 percent) are people of color;
  4. More than a quarter (28 percent) are parents;
  5. Nearly three-quarters work full time;
  6. The largest concentrations of affected workers work in accommodation and food service, retail, office support, residential and child care, ambulatory care, hospitals, and other services such as janitorial and personal care services; and
  7. The majority are city residents. Roughly 44 percent of the city’s total workforce lives within Baltimore, yet more than 60 percent of the beneficiaries of the proposal live in Baltimore—meaning that city residents will disproportionately benefit from the higher minimum wage. In fact, resident workers are more than twice as likely as commuters to be affected by the proposal: 37.8 percent of Baltimore resident workers will get a raise, compared with 18.7 percent of commuters.

These estimates account for the increases in the state minimum wage that will raise the prevailing state minimum wage to $10.10 by 2018. They also include workers in tipped occupations who will be affected by the proposed increase in the tipped minimum wage through 2020. We do not incorporate any effects for tipped workers in later years.”


More at: http://www.epi.org/publication/a-15-baltimore-city-minimum-wage/?utm_source=Economic+Policy+Institute&utm_campaign=a2d9b51854-EPI_News_06_17_20166_17_2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e7c5826c50-a2d9b51854-58319305