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News from EPI EPI releases interactive data map highlighting widespread benefits from raising the federal minimum wage—in every congressional district

EPI has just released a new interactive map that allows users to gauge the benefits of raising the federal minimum wage for each of the country’s congressional districts. The map and underlying data table can be found here.

At just $7.25 an hour, the minimum wage has not been raised since 2009, the longest ever period without any increase. The Raise the Wage Act of 2019 passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on July 18 would gradually raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025.

EPI research shows that raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025 would lift pay for over 33 million workers across the country—that’s 22.2 percent of the U.S. workforce. The increases would provide an additional $92 billion in wages for the country’s lowest-paid workers, with the average affected worker who works year-round receiving an extra $2,800 a year.

Our new map, which reflects the latest version of the legislation that must now face Senate approval, shows the estimated share and count of workers in each congressional district who would receive wage increases if the Raise the Wage Act of 2019 were enacted into law.

The map also breaks down the share of workers who would benefit by age, gender, and race. Click on any congressional district to see more information about the workforce that would be affected by the proposed federal minimum wage increase. The table below the map lists all the data for all congressional districts.