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Could you survive on minimum wage?

September 6, 2006 9:23 AM

USA Today's Stephanie Armour chronicles the daily struggle to make ends meet in America on just $5.15 an hour.

There are about 1.9 million workers who earn the federal $5.15-an-hour minimum wage or less, according to 2005 data from the Department of Labor. These employees make up 2.5% of all hourly paid workers — a sharp drop from 13.9% in 1979.

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How could anyone, besides a teenager, survive on mim. wage.

I am 47 years old and I have never made more than 25 thou. a year. How it is possible for this to still be going on is beyond me. These people that own huge corporations make over 10 thou a month and they expect the people working for them to have a house and raise children on what they make in two months.

It is impossible to raise kids anymore on your own. You cannot save for college funds, you cannot have car or health insurance, god forbid anyone have problems with their teeth because (if you are on Med. Asst.) you can't even find a Dentist to take you in.

I wonder why there are so many people in this day and age that have no teeth, rotting teeth or silver teeth. Dentists should be ashmaned of themselves.

No--no one can live on min. wage.

Sandra--Wisconsin

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