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 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 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!