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9 countries that pay a higher minimum wage than the US

So much for the land of opportunity: America pays its poorest workers far worse than other first world countries



Sarah Wolfe
March 6, 2014 5:50PM (UTC)

This article originally appeared on GlobalPost.

Global Post US President Barack Obama is slated to push his proposal for a minimum wage increase again Wednesday, this time before a group of governors meeting in Connecticut.

Obama and other Democrats want the federal wage raised from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour, but most Republicans are opposed, saying it will cost too many jobs and hurt the still-fragile economy.

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Some conservatives even want the concept eliminated entirely.

However, compared to other countries, America really isn't paying its poorest workers all that much.

These nine countries pay a higher minimum wage than the United States, according to figures from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

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Wages were adjusted for purchasing power parity and used 2012 US dollars as the base year:

1. Luxembourg ($10.66/hour)

2. France ($10.60/hour)

3. Australia ($10.21/hour)

4. Belgium ($9.97/hour)

5. The Netherlands ($9.48/hour)

6. Ireland ($9.01/hour)

7. New Zealand ($8.62/hour)

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8. United Kingdom ($7.88/hour)

9. Canada ($7.85/hour)

 

 


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