Respective ranks, among US states, of the MINIMUM HOURLY WAGE in Washington ($9.04) and Oregon ($8.80) as of January 1, 2012.

Respective ranks, among US states, of the MINIMUM HOURLY WAGE in Washington ($9.04) and Oregon ($8.80) as of January 1, 2012.

Estimated number of Oregon jobs that paid LESS THAN $8.80 PER HOUR in the first quarter of 2011.

ADDITIONAL HOURLY COST to employers per worker under Oregon’s new minimum wage.

$5.15 LOWEST STATE MINIMUM WAGE in the US (Georgia and Wyoming), overridden by federal minimum wage of $7.25

INITIAL FEDERAL MINIMUM WAGE established in 1938 ($4.02 in 2011 value)

The year when federal minimum wage peaked in inflation-adjusted BUYING POWER (at about $10 per hour in 2010 dollars)

Approximate percentage of a full-time minimum-wage workers salary needed to purchase an ALL-ZONE TRIMET PASS

This article appeared in the January 2012 issue of Portland Monthly Magazine.

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