Jan. 23, 2014
The 2013 Minnesota Minimum-Wage Report is now available from the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry. The report presents trends and statistics about minimum-wage workers in Minnesota from August 2012 through July 2013.
Findings from the report
There are approximately 1.57 million hourly workers in Minnesota (page 5).
An estimated 83,000 Minnesota hourly workers make $7.25 an hour or less. This means 5.2 percent of all Minnesota hourly workers make the federal minimum wage or less (page 5).
Forty-seven percent of the minimum-wage workers work in eating and drinking places; 55 percent of these minimum-wage workers receive overtime, tips or commissions (page 7).
Forty percent of the minimum-wage workers are older than 24 (page 9).
Women are more likely than men to be paid the minimum wage (page 9, page 14).
Fifty-eight percent of minimum-wage workers have some college education (page 11).
Ten percent of adult minimum-wage workers do not have a high school diploma (page 11).
Twenty percent of minimum-wage workers are at or below the poverty line (page 13).
In 2013 dollars, the Minnesota minimum wage fell 30 percent from 1974 to 2013 and the federal minimum wage fell 25 percent (page 3).
Minnesota's minimum wage is $5.25 an hour for employers with less than $625,000 in annual business and $6.15 for businesses with more than $625,000. The federal minimum wage is $7.25 for employers with more than $500,000 in annual business. The report uses the federal $7.25 hourly wage for its analysis.
The report is available online at www.dli.mn.gov/RS/MinWageReport.asp. Copies of the report may also be obtained by calling (651) 284-5025 or 1-800-342-5354.
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