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Old 04-15-2018, 06:20 AM   #1
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The States Where Workers Get Paid the Lowest Wages

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15. Indiana

Median hourly wage: $16.25
Change since 2007: -0.7%
Indiana is one of the states where wages actually fell (-0.7%) over the 10-year period starting in 2007. After a lot of stagnation and one term of Governor Mike Pence, workers in The Hoosier State ended up with a median hourly rate of $16.25.

The state legislature’s refusal to raise the minimum wage above $7.25 hasn’t helped.

14. Kentucky

Median hourly wage: $15.96
Change since 2007: 1.7%
After a tiny (1.7%) increase in median pay over 10 years, Kentucky workers still made less than $16 per hour. But Governing data shows Kentucky’s lowest earners actually make 4% less than they did in 2003.

A 2018 bill that cuts taxes for the wealthiest Kentuckian yet raises the sales tax will only make this problem worse.

13. Oklahoma

Median hourly wage: $15.93
Change since 2007: 7.3%
Among states with the lowest median wages, Oklahoma showed a better increase (7.3%) than the rest. However, that still left workers earning a poor hourly rate ($15.93) compared to the rest of the nation.

12. New Mexico

Median hourly wage: $15.82
Change since 2007: 3.1%
You don’t have to look far beyond New Mexico to see wage stagnation. Over a 10-year period, the hourly rate barely budged, with the median salary hitting $15.82 by the end.

11. Tennessee

Median hourly wage: $15.77
Change since 2007: 1.4%
As the capital of the Southern auto industry, you might expect Tennessee wages to be strong. However, that’s not the case at all, with real median salaries stuck at $15.77.

Over the preceding 10 years, workers in The Volunteer State saw wages increase a sad 1.7%. Worse, when adjusted for inflation, median wages actually have fallen since 2003.

10. Idaho

Median hourly wage: $15.77
Change since 2007: -1.2%
You could look at Idaho’s low wages and think — in true “glass-half-full” fashion — that at least they haven’t gotten much worse. But then you’d look at the change in median pay since 2003 (-0.8%) and realize wages actually fell over 15 years.

9. Florida

Median hourly wage: $15.77
Change since 2007: -1.8%
For those looking for a job, some say “Go south, young man,” as Florida cities have openings. However, you won’t find good pay in most work there. Labor data shows a low median wage ($15.77) and negative growth (-1.8%) since 2007.

8. Montana

Median hourly wage: $15.75
Change since 2007: 6.1%
While you won’t find expensive housing in Montana like you would in, say, New York, a $15.75 hourly median wage won’t take you far anywhere in 2018. Surprisingly, the latest available rate represented a 6.1% increase over 2007 numbers.

7. South Carolina

Median hourly wage: $15.45
Change since 2007: 0.0%
Looking at South Carolina’s real median wage from 2007 until 10 years later, you see utter stagnation (0.0% change). Worse yet: If you push the timeline back to 2003, wages actually fell 1.8% when you adjust for inflation

6. Alabama

Median hourly wage: $15.33
Change since 2007: 1.7%
While median wages got a minor bump in the decade following 2007, 1.7% above $15.18 didn’t get workers anywhere. But maybe the worst stat of all is how Alabama’s wages remained below recession levels over seven years later.

Meanwhile, the lowest-wage earners (25th percentile) actually made 2.3% less than they did in 2003.

5. Louisiana

Median hourly wage: $15.33
Change since 2007: 0.9%
If median wage earners in Louisiana wanted more funds for Mardi Gras, they weren’t finding them in their base salary. Salaries barely budged 10 years after 2007, putting the state in a dead heat for fifth-worst.

4. South Dakota



Median hourly wage: $15.19
Change since 2007: 6.1%
If you want good news about South Dakota, we’ll point to the 6.1% increase in real median wages since 2007. However, that still left the state with a shockingly low hourly median rate of $15.19.

When you learn South Dakota is among America’s most corrupt states, that won’t surprise many.

3. West Virginia


Median hourly wage: $14.79
Change since 2007: 4.5%
During the recession, West Virginia was one of the states hit the hardest in pay. By 2008, wages had fallen over 5% since 2003.

2. Arkansas

Median hourly wage: $14.48
Change since 2007: 0.5%
There’s no way to sugarcoat the dead wages of Arkansas, where the median hourly rate sat at $14.48 in Governing’s data. Since 2007, there was virtually no change (0.5%).

For workers earning the lowest wages, the situation actually got worse (-2.3%) since 2003. That’s nearly a decade and a half of bad news for the 25th percentile in Arkansas.

1. Mississippi

Median hourly wage: $14.22
Change since 2007: 1.3%
With a median hourly wage of $14.22, workers in Mississippi get the lowest pay of anywhere in America. It hasn’t gotten better since 2007, and if you push the numbers back to 2003 it’s the same story.

Only the highest earners saw real growth in wages (8.2%) over the past 15 years. Meanwhile, entry-level employees saw earnings shrink (-2.3%) over the same period. With Mississippi’s minimum wage set at $7.25 in 2018, it’s hard to see a way out of the situation.

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If democratic policies are better, why were all those states still the poorest after centuries of Democrats in charge?
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If democratic policies are better, why were all those states still the poorest after centuries of Democrats in charge?
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Don't blame Democrats - blame the decision to build an economy that was dependent on slave labor.
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You really know nothing about the history of American politics huh?
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You really know nothing about the history of American politics huh?
Do you agree with LABF that the poor states are poor because of their state policies? Thatís ridiculous. The same parts of this country have been poor for centuries, yet LABF is posting memes blaming a political party ďin chargeĒ over the last 30 years.

In reality, those states are relatively poor because they are relatively rural. Thatís always been true regardless of politics.

On a side note, the popular democrat Bill Clinton has governed my state for more years of my lifetime than anybody else. He doesnít count as part of the problem according to LABFs meme because of the D after his name.

Itís either disingenuous or ignorant.
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Do you agree with LABF that the poor states are poor because of their state policies? Thatís ridiculous. The same parts of this country have been poor for centuries, yet LABF is posting memes blaming a political party ďin chargeĒ over the last 30 years.

In reality, those states are relatively poor because they are relatively rural. Thatís always been true regardless of politics.

On a side note, the popular democrat Bill Clinton has governed my state for more years of my lifetime than anybody else. He doesnít count as part of the problem according to LABFs meme because of the D after his name.

Itís either disingenuous or ignorant.
Bottom line: Regardless of which major political party has been "in charge," the Southern states in question have remained poor because of conservative economic policies.

This much is indisputable.
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Wow, that is a reach.... you can do better than that.
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Wages viewed in isolation are relatively meaningless as are costs of living. $15 per hour in Jackson Miss likely affords you a better lifestyle than $35 per hour in San Fran.
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Must be great in California. Heard rent is cheap in skid row. And my illegal ass doesnít have to worry about getting deported.
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Wow, that is a reach.... you can do better than that.
I agree itís a reach. Thatís my point. If State policies are the reason those states are poor, then you have to include the history of their economic policies. Why just include the last 30 years? Not to mention, states have less power today than they did in the past.

I have no doubt there are people out there who believe LABFís meme is true though.
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Do you agree with LABF that the poor states are poor because of their state policies? Thatís ridiculous. The same parts of this country have been poor for centuries, yet LABF is posting memes blaming a political party ďin chargeĒ over the last 30 years.
Interesting...

Do you make the same argument in support of the reason for black poverty?
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Interesting...

Do you make the same argument in support of the reason for black poverty?
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So you agree that the past history under discussion, in this case a period stretching back to 1619, has a more powerful cumulative impact on economic conditions within a societal culture than the much shorter recent period we could date from roughly the 1964 Civil Rights Act to the present?
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Then if this is true as you admit it is, it also stands to reason that same dynamic also holds true for the larger society. The economic advantages built into the system for the majority that were designed to privilege them at the expense of others who are not members of the same group have had, and continue to have, the more disproportionate impact than any recent changes in laws, cultures or administrative changes to that system can reverse.

What you just admitted to, is called systemic racism, and itís the dominate modality the country functions under.
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“If he doesn’t understand what he’s doing to the nation by doing what he’s doing, he’s going to be a one-term president, plain and simple,” said Mr. Runck, a fourth-generation farmer who voted for Mr. Trump. Pausing outside the post office in this town of 2,300, Mr. Runck said the repercussions could be more immediate for Representative Kevin Cramer, a Republican whose bid against Senator Heidi Heitkamp, a Democrat, has been complicated by the proposed tariffs.

“If it doesn’t get resolved by election time, I would imagine it would cost Kevin Cramer some votes,” he said.

Stern warnings are coming from all over the Midwest about the political peril for Republicans in Mr. Trump’s recent course of action, in which the tariffs he slapped on foreign competitors invited retaliatory tariffs on American agriculture.

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