Today we released a new report “Living on the Edge: Where Very Low Wage Workers Live in Pennsylvania.” This comes in advance of Thursday’s statewide day of action organized by a diverse coalition of faith, labor and community groups urging lawmakers to take action to raise the minimum wage in Pennsylvania. (See http://raisethewagepa.org/ for more information on local events.)
In the regions where events will be held on Thursday, the report finds that a minimum wage increase would raise the wages of:
- 51,700 workers in Allentown–Bethlehem–Easton metropolitan area
- 49,900 workers in Bucks County
- 25,800 workers in Erie County
- 49,200 workers in the Harrisburg-Carlisle metropolitan area
- 49,000 workers in Lancaster County
- 113,400 workers in the City of Philadelphia
- 34,400 workers in the City of Pittsburgh and 179,300 in the rest of the Pittsburgh metropolitan area
- 50,600 workers in the Scranton–Wilkes-Barre–Hazelton metropolitan area.
Read the full report here (PDF) be sure to let your local lawmakers know you support a minimum wage increase!