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The Center for American Progress has long worked to build the policy case for raising the minimum wage and eliminating the subminimum wage for people with disabilities and tipped workers. The following research and analyses demonstrate how people deserve to be paid fairly for their work and how a higher minimum wage would—rather than limit job growth—provide financial stability for families and boost overall economic growth.
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This fact sheet explores the size, demographics, and key features of the self-employed population in the United States.
Sep 21, 2023
Molly Weston Williamson
Despite decades of efforts to boost women’s representation throughout the U.S. economy, women still face a pay gap in nearly every single occupation—even high-paying ones.
Jul 26, 2023
Rose Khattar, Sara Estep, Lily Roberts, 1 More
Maggie Jo Buchanan
Tune in below to watch a discussion on the connection between raising the minimum wage and Black Women’s Equal Pay Day.
Jul 24, 2023
Rose Khattar, Jocelyn Frye, Edwith Theogene
Since January 2021, employment in the leisure and hospitality industry has recovered faster in states with minimum wages higher than the $7.25 federal minimum.
A $15 minimum wage could benefit nearly 40 million workers and provide some of the lowest-wage workers with an average annual wage boost of about $6,000.
Jul 20, 2023
Rose Khattar, Sara Estep, Lily Roberts
Raising pay and benefits for workers in federally supported airports will stabilize the air industry.
Mar 7, 2023
Karla Walter, Aurelia Glass
Please join the Center for American Progress and a panel of esteemed experts for a discussion on sectoral bargaining.
Feb 23, 2023
David Madland explains how the European Union's new law aims to improve working conditions by increasing minimum wages and dramatically increasing collective bargaining.
Jan 19, 2023
Using new data from the U.S. Census Bureau to examine the impacts of long COVID on the labor market, this report recommends that employers, unions, and policymakers create better workplaces for disabled workers and all workers.
Dec 21, 2022
Mia Ives-Rublee, Rose Khattar, Anona Neal
As voters in Portland, Maine, and Washington, D.C., prepare to head to the ballot box to decide whether to eliminate the subminimum wage for tipped workers, Justin Schweitzer explains why all workers—tipped and untipped—should be paid at least the state minimum wage.
Nov 4, 2022
Lily Roberts and Rose Khattar outline why, 13 years since the federal minimum wage was last increased, states and cities must take action to ease the economic strain many workers and families face now in light of global inflation.
Aug 8, 2022
Lily Roberts, Rose Khattar
This month marks 13 years since the federal minimum wage was increased. The lack of an increase during this period has disproportionately harmed women and people of color.
Jul 7, 2022
Ashfaq Khan, Rose Khattar
Prevailing wage laws for government service contracts can uplift wages and benefits; reduce racial pay gaps; and could have a range of positive effects on worker turnover, service quality, local budgets, and collective bargaining.
Jan 19, 2022
Aurelia Glass, David Madland, Karla Walter
The tight labor market has given workers more power to demand improvements in job quality; it's time for employers and policymakers to listen.
Dec 7, 2021
Justin Schweitzer, Rose Khattar
States that guarantee better pay for their workers have added more jobs in 2021 than states with lower minimum and subminimum wages.
Nov 3, 2021
Justin Schweitzer, Kyle Ross
While all low-income individuals and families, particularly those of color, struggle to avoid falling into poverty, some receive less support solely because of where they live.
Sep 22, 2021
Alexandra Cawthorne Gaines, Bradley Hardy, Justin Schweitzer
Increasing the federal minimum wage will help address decades-long inequalities in the rural job market.
Sep 1, 2021
Caius Z. Willingham
A sectoral council is well-suited to address the fast-food industry’s unique challenges and improve working conditions.
Apr 20, 2021
Tipped industries in one fair wage states have higher growth, less inequality, and lower poverty for all workers.
Mar 30, 2021
15 million children live in households with a worker making less than $15 an hour. Raising the minimum wage will help support them and their families.
Feb 25, 2021
Raising the minimum wage is a win for workers and small businesses.
Women make up the majority of workers who would benefit from raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025, as they are overrepresented in tipped and low-wage jobs.
Feb 23, 2021
Diana Boesch, Robin Bleiweis, Areeba Haider
Because the majority of minimum wage-earning mothers are breadwinners, raising the federal minimum wage would strengthen economic security for millions of families.
Sarah Jane Glynn
Raising the minimum wage can provide a potent and responsible stimulus to the economy.
Jan 27, 2021
Lily Roberts, Ben Olinsky
Nearly 11 million children are living in poverty in America. Here is how the crisis reached this point—and what steps must be taken to solve it.
Jan 12, 2021
March 19 marks how far into the new year minimum wage workers must work to earn the same amount they did in 2009, the year Congress last increased the federal minimum wage.
Mar 19, 2020
Lily Roberts, Galen Hendricks, Robin Bleiweis
Latina Equal Pay Day serves as a reminder that Latinas make 54.5 cents for every dollar earned by white, non-Hispanic men. New analysis demonstrates that the difference is even starker for Latinas who work for tips: Tipped Latina workers earn 65 percent less than nontipped white, non-Hispanic men.
Nov 20, 2019
Lily Roberts, Galen Hendricks
Top-line job numbers only tell part of the story; policymakers should focus on how most workers and families are experiencing the economy.
Jul 3, 2019
Lily Roberts, Daniella Zessoules, Galen Hendricks, 1 More
America’s lowest-paid workers have taken an effective pay cut of $13,330 since Congress last raised the minimum wage.
Feb 7, 2019
March 1, 2018 marks how far into the new year America's lowest-paid workers must work just to earn the same amount they did in 2009, when Congress last increased the federal minimum wage.
Mar 1, 2018
Michele and Igor sit down with CAP Senior Fellow Seth Hanlon and entrepreneur and 1 percenter Nick Hanauer to talk about the Republican tax plan and trickle-down economics.
Nov 2, 2017
Michele L. Jawando, Igor Volsky, Sally Tucker, 1 More
Misogyny is more than being catcalled when you’re on your way to work; it’s embedded within the structure of our economy and limits our economic potential.
Sep 28, 2017
Methodological problems plague a University of Washington group’s analysis of Seattle’s recent minimum wage increase.
Jun 28, 2017
The secretary of labor plays an important role in the daily lives of workers, from ensuring fair workplaces to advancing the economic security of working families. It is critical that whoever fills the position is dedicated to furthering these goals for all Americans.
Feb 24, 2017
Danielle Corley, Jocelyn Frye
States with conservative policy agendas fare worse on a range of family-related indicators than states with progressive policy agendas.
Oct 25, 2016
Katherine Gallagher Robbins, Shawn Fremstad
Raising the minimum wage and expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit would not only boost income for struggling workers but also save American communities billions of dollars each year by reducing crime.
Aug 4, 2016
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