Who would benefit from a minimum wage increase?
An estimated 35 million workers—more than 1 in 4 working men and women in the U.S.—would get a badly needed raise.
That’s 19.6 million women (30 percent of wage-earning women) and 15.5 million men, according to the Economic Policy Institute’s analysis of a recent proposal to raise the federal minimum wage to $12 by 2020.
Around 35 percent of African-American workers and 38 percent of Hispanic workers would benefit. Nearly 9 in 10 affected workers are 20 years old or older, and more than 1 in 4 are parents.