Minimum Wage or Living Wage

July 13, 2011

According to information provided by CitiHousing Inc. there is no county in the United States in which a full-time minimum-wage worker can afford even a 1-bedroom apartment at fair market rent. Certainly that is true in Sioux Falls.

In fact, in Sioux Falls one has to make $12.30 per hour to afford an average 1-bedroom apartment and utilities.

So, what happens to the thousands of workers making less than that? Every day we benefit from the services of these workers. They are our neighbors and we rely on their hard work as carpenters, grocers, receptionists, and paramedics.

What will it take in Sioux Falls to ensure that every worker makes a living wage?