Where Survival Becomes a Full-Time Job

Sep 16, 2021
By Florian Zandt

Even though most of the states in the U.S. have passed their own minimum wage laws, the federal minimum wage remains unchanged at 7.25 U.S. dollars since July 2009. Taking this into consideration, it’s no surprise that U.S. residents earning minimum wage on average have to work the longest to simply escape poverty, as our chart indicates.

According to the most recent data by the OECD, single adults in the United States need to work 61 hours a week at minimum wage to make it across the poverty line, which the OECD sets at 50 percent of the country’s median disposable income. read more