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April 14, 2015

Report: CT has lowest proportion of sub-$15 earners

Connecticut has a lower percentage of workers earning less than $15 per hour than any other state, according to a report released Monday by the National Employment Labor Project.

Using U.S. Census Bureau data from 2012 to 2014, NELP calculated that 33.4 percent of Connecticut workers earn less than $15.

NELP is part of a national ‘Fight for 15’ campaign to raise the national minimum wage to $15.

Across the country, 42 percent of workers make less than $15. Those workers are disproportionately minorities and women, the report said.

And they are most heavily concentrated in food preparation and service jobs, while the retail sector has the highest number of those workers.

Connecticut has the highest median wage of any state, at $20.40 per hour. Its $9.15 minimum wage is scheduled to increase to $10.10 in 2017.

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