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New England Economy - Minimum Wage Workers

Employed wage and salary workers paid hourly rates with earnings at or below the prevailing Federal minimum wage for the U.S., New England, and the New England States, 2010 annual averages
Area and State Number of workers (in thousands) Percent distribution Percent of workers paid hourly
Total paid hourly rates At or below minimum wage Total paid hourly rates At or below minimum wage At or below minimum wage
Total At minimum wage Below minimum wage Total At minimum wage Below minimum wage Total At minimum wage Below minimum wage

United States

72,902 4,361 1,820 2,541 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 6.0 2.5 3.5

New England

3,589 134 29 105 4.9 3.1 1.6 4.1 3.7 0.8 2.9

Connecticut

866 35 5 30 1.2 0.8 0.3 1.2 4.0 0.6 3.5

Maine

369 14 3 11 0.5 0.3 0.2 0.4 3.8 0.8 3.0

Massachusetts

1,519 45 10 35 2.1 1.0 0.5 1.4 3.0 0.7 2.3

New Hampshire

356 19 5 14 0.5 0.4 0.3 0.6 5.3 1.4 3.9

Rhode Island

294 14 4 10 0.4 0.3 0.2 0.4 4.8 1.4 3.4

Vermont

184 6 1 5 0.3 0.1 0.1 0.2 3.3 0.5 2.7

NOTE: Data exclude all the self-employed persons whether or not their businesses are incorporated. Users are reminded that these data are based on a sample and are therefore subject to sampling error; the degree of error may be quite large for less populous States. It is not possible to clearly determine whether workers surveyed in the CPS are actually covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) or by individual State minimum wage laws. Also, there are a number of States that have minimum wages that exceed the Federal minimum wage. At the same time, the presence of a sizable number of workers with wages below the prevailing Federal minimum wage does not necessarily indicate violations of the FLSA or applicable State laws, because there are numerous exclusions and exemptions to these minimum wage statutes.

The New England census division is defined as follows: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont



Last Modified Date: March 17, 2011

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