The share of Idaho workers earning minimum wage has grown from 5 percent in 2011 to 7.7 percent in 2012. The growth has put Idaho in the top spot for the largest share of minimum wage workers in the country.
How did that happen? And what’s being done to reverse the trend?
Our series Bottom Rung will try to answer those questions, and introduce you to the people living on low wages and consuming Idaho services, and experts who monitor these trends.
- Chart: Bottom Rung: Construction Jobs Gained And Lost, And Their Place In Idaho’s Economy
- Part 4: Bottom Rung: Why Building A Strong Idaho Economy Takes Public Investment
- Chart: Bottom Rung: Idaho’s Expanding Call Center Industry
- Part 5: Bottom Rung: Why One Idaho Border Business Chose Washington
- Bottom Rung: The Politics Of Increasing Idaho’s Minimum Wage
- Two-Way: Bottom Rung: Longtime Idaho Economist Stresses Education And Healthcare To Boost Wages
- Data: Bottom Rung: Idaho Has More Minimum Wage Workers Than 18 States
- Background: Making Money In Idaho, A Guide To Wages