Minimum wage is worth less now than it was worth in 1980.
These are the real numbers, no spin, no games.
In the graph above (data source) the red line represents the actual value of the minimum wage adjusted for inflation, the blue line represents the nominal dollar value.
It’s worth noting the drop off around 1980 that finally bottomed out in 1989, then the zigzag though the ’90s, then it bottoming out again in 2007.
The value is up from ‘07, but it is still at historic lows when compared to pre-1986 levels back to 1954.
Next time someone says that people who want the minimum wage increased are “whiny” or “entitled” you can point out to them that they are actually being paid less than they were in 1981, and much less than they were from 1955 through 1983.
(graph by data360.org)

Minimum wage is worth less now than it was worth in 1980.

These are the real numbers, no spin, no games.

In the graph above (data source) the red line represents the actual value of the minimum wage adjusted for inflation, the blue line represents the nominal dollar value.

It’s worth noting the drop off around 1980 that finally bottomed out in 1989, then the zigzag though the ’90s, then it bottoming out again in 2007.

The value is up from ‘07, but it is still at historic lows when compared to pre-1986 levels back to 1954.

Next time someone says that people who want the minimum wage increased are “whiny” or “entitled” you can point out to them that they are actually being paid less than they were in 1981, and much less than they were from 1955 through 1983.

(graph by data360.org)