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Debate over minimum wage hike rolls on

Jonathan Horn, U-T SAN DIEGO

Sunday, July 20, 2014

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Q. How many work for minimum wage?
A. About 200,000 San Diegans work for the minimum wage, which makes up about 15 percent of workers with payroll jobs. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that minimum wage workers tend to be under 25, with about 21 percent of them teenagers. In San Diego, a little more than half of the minimum wage workers are Latino, despite their making up 28 percent of the city’s workforce, says a recent study by the National University System Institute for Policy Research. The report also says more than a quarter of minimum wage workers live in households making more than $70,000 per year.