BOSTON (CBS) –- An alarming new study finds people earning a minimum wage can’t pay for a two-bedroom apartment anywhere in America.

The report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition found that rent is so expensive these days that raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour would not even make a dent in most states.

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Massachusetts is the sixth-most expensive state for renters, according to the study. The report found that workers need to make more than $28 an hour to afford a two-bedroom apartment, or work more than 104 hours a week at the current minimum wage of $11 an hour.

In the Boston-Quincy-Cambridge area, workers would need to earn over $33 an hour to afford a two-bedroom apartment.

“This year’s findings demonstrate how far out of reach modestly priced housing is for the growing low-wage work force, despite recent wage growth, and for other vulnerable populations across the country,” the report states.

The only places with a higher housing wage than Massachusetts are Maryland, New York, California, Washington D.C. and Hawaii.

Comments (2)
  1. Craig Schomp says:

    Your story is misleading, minimum wage jobs are supposed to be temporary work jobs (eg. kids summer jobs), not careers.

    1. The reason we even have a minimum wage was because people protested against sweatshop conditions and protested against being paid less than a living wage.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minimum_wage_in_the_United_States#History

      Today, there are plenty of adults that are paid near or equal to minimum wage rates. Are you saying that these adults don’t deserve food and shelter for their 40 hr/week contribution to the workforce?

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