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Minimum wages in USA and worldwide. Charts, timelines, inflation-adjusted, etc.. Income stagnation and charts.
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*Latest worldwide stats, charts, maps.
*USA. State minimum wages. Timelines, maps, links.

*USA. Federal rate timeline.
*USA. Inflation-adjusted timelines, graphs, charts.
*USA. Poverty and minimum wage. Timeline graph.
*Income stagnation in the USA over the years. Chart.

*Conservative whiners.

*Drug War charts, and more.



Latest worldwide stats, charts, maps. [TopLink]

Worldwide wikimedia maps, charts, graphs, etc.:
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Minimum_wage

Wikipedia articles:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Minimum_wage and

Minimum wages worldwide - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minimum_wage#Worldwide_minimum_wages

Eurostat. Minimum wages and pay. Many nations.
pageid=1553,2193416,1553_2386661&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL and
reference/sdds/en/earncost/miniwages_base.htm and
ITY_OFFPUB/KS-NK-04-010/EN/KS-NK-04-010-EN.PDF and
http://www.europa.eu.int/comm/eurostat and
q=site%3Aepp.eurostat.cec.eu.int+minimum+wage+OR+pay

Minimum wages web page is mirrored at these links:
http://corporatism.tripod.com/pay.htm and
http://www.angelfire.com/rnb/y/pay.htm

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USA. State minimum wage rates. [TopLink]

For up-to-date clickable US maps with current and projected state-by-state minimum wages wage rates for each state:
http://www.dol.gov/esa/minwage/america.htm
Current rates only:
http://www.aflcio.org/issues/jobseconomy/livingwages/staterates/index.cfm

Detailed state-by-state list with some cities. Current and projected rates:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_U.S._state_minimum_wages

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USA. Federal rate timeline. [TopLink]

More detailed timeline of federal minimum wages:
http://www.dol.gov/esa/minwage/chart.htm

USA. History of Increases in Federal Minimum Wage.
The Federal Minimum Wage and Dates of Increases.
Date of Increase. Hourly Rate.
10/24/38__$0.25
10/24/39__$0.30
10/24/45__$0.40
01/25/50__$0.75
03/01/56__$1.00
09/03/61__$1.15
09/03/63__$1.25
02/01/67__$1.40
02/01/68__$1.60
05/01/74__$2.00
01/01/75__$2.10
01/01/76__$2.30
01/01/78__$2.65
01/01/79__$2.90
01/01/80__$3.10
01/01/81__$3.35
04/01/90__$3.80
04/01/91__$4.25
10/01/96__$4.75
09/01/97__$5.15
07/24/07__$5.85
07/24/08__$6.55
07/24/09__$7.25
Source: U.S. Department of Labor, 
"History of Federal Minimum Wage Rates 
Under the Fair Labor Standards Act."
http://www.dol.gov/esa/minwage/chart.htm and
http://www.aflcio.org/issues/jobseconomy/livingwages/staterates/index.cfm and
http://corporatism.tripod.com/pay.htm mirror page.
http://www.angelfire.com/rnb/y/pay.htm mirror page.

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USA timelines. Inflation-adjusted. [TopLink]

http://www.aflcio.org/issues/jobseconomy/livingwages/staterates/index.cfm and
http://www.financeprojectinfo.org/mww/minimum.asp and
http://www.epinet.org/content.cfm/issueguides_minwage_minwage

Banner: USA. Inflation-adjusted federal minimum wage timeline. In 2001 dollars:



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Banner. USA. Inflation-adjusted federal minimum wage timeline. In 2000 dollars:



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Banner. USA. Inflation-adjusted federal minimum wage timeline. In 2003 dollars:



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Text chart:
U.S. Minimum Wage, 1960-2003.
Actual wage, and inflation adjusted to 2003 dollars.
Peaks and valleys are emphasized.
Year___Actual__2003___
_______wage.___dollars
1960___$1.00___$5.26
1961___$1.15___$5.99
1962___$1.15___$5.94
1963___$1.25___$6.37
1964___$1.25___$6.28
1965___$1.25___$6.19
1966___$1.25___$6.01
1967___$1.40___$6.53
1968___$1.60___$7.18
1969___$1.60___$6.88
1970___$1.60___$6.56
1971___$1.60___$6.29
1972___$1.60___$6.10
1973___$1.60___$5.74
1974___$2.00___$6.53
1975___$2.10___$6.33
1976___$2.30___$6.56
1977___$2.30___$6.16
1978___$2.65___$6.81
1979___$2.90___$6.81
1980___$3.10___$6.55
1981___$3.35___$6.48
1982___$3.35___$6.11
1983___$3.35___$5.87
1984___$3.35___$5.64
1985___$3.35___$5.46
1986___$3.35___$5.36
1987___$3.35___$5.19
1988___$3.35___$5.01
1989___$3.35___$4.80
1990___$3.80___$5.19
1991___$4.25___$5.60
1992___$4.25___$5.46
1993___$4.25___$5.33
1994___$4.25___$5.22
1995___$4.25___$5.09
1996___$4.75___$5.54
1997___$5.15___$5.89
1998___$5.15___$5.80
1999___$5.15___$5.68
2000___$5.15___$5.50
2001___$5.15___$5.35
2002___$5.15___$5.27
2003___$5.15___$5.15
http://www.epinet.org/content.cfm/issueguides_minwage_minwage and
http://www.dol.gov/esa/minwage/chart.htm and
http://aflcio.org/issues/factsstats/index.cfm and
http://www.aflcio.org/issues/jobseconomy/livingwages and
http://www.policyalmanac.org/economic/archive/minimum_wage02.shtml and
http://corporatism.tripod.com/pay.htm mirror page.
http://www.angelfire.com/rnb/y/pay.htm mirror page.

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Poverty and minimum wage. USA. [TopLink]

http://www.aflcio.org/issues/jobseconomy/livingwages and
http://www.epinet.org/content.cfm/issueguides_minwage_minwage



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Income stagnation in USA. Chart. [TopLink]

*Recent wage and income stats, charts, timelines:
http://aflcio.org/issues/factsstats/index.cfm

Numbers on bottom of chart are a timeline at 2-year intervals, 1967 to 2001. Numbers on the left side are for average income for each quintile. 0, $50,000, $100,000, $150,000. Each quintile (Q) represents 20% of the population. Note the income stagnation of the bottom 4 quintiles (the bottom 4 lines Q1-Q4 totaling 80% of the population) compared to the astronomical increase in income of Bush's buddies in the top 20% (Q5) of the population.


Chart source: http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/income/histinc/ie1.html
Web page that the chart is found on:
http://www.sustainablemiddleclass.com/Income-inequality.html
Related page:
http://www.sustainablemiddleclass.com/prices-wages.html

Page on minimum wage charts, timelines, etc.:
http://www.angelfire.com/rnb/y/pay.htm 

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Conservative whiners. [TopLink]

Post from a Canadian forum thread.

***Person quoted is being replied to.

Still clueless after all these years?

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*** "How easy it is to pretend you are generous when spending someone else money."

Yeah, the bosses that pretend they are being generous paying the minimum wage when their money comes from the efforts of their laborers. Yeah, the bosses who act like entrepreneurs when they make business investments oftentimes paid for out of their inheritance.

*** "People who have everything given to them attach no value to the gifts. You just have to step on to any reserve to know what I mean there. Give a kid a bicycle and see how fast it falls apart."

Yup. Inherited wealth.

*** "Pretty soon the kept people are belly-aching that they don't get enough support to keep them in a lifestyle that would be the envy of any third world resident."

Yup. Wannabes who wish they had inherited wealth, and people who actually have inherited wealth. Oh how the rich and the corporate welfare receivers whine.

It is not complicated. A good economy does not depend on privileged elitist Libertarian whiners, nor on privileged Communist Party member whiners.

A good economy depends on money being paid to the poor and middle class through strong unions demanding high wages and reasonable minimum wages. Also on progressive taxation that makes the privileged pay more than those less privileged.

As long as the money is recycled the economy rolls on strong. And as long as the government gets as little of that money as possible. Excepting single-payer privatized universal healthcare of course.

Trickle-up economics works a lot better than whiny trickle-down economics.

When the NDP stops giving the money to the government, and when the Conservatives stop giving the money to the rich, then progress will be made.

A union of the NDP and the Greens (such as Jim Harris) might actually best accomplish that goal. If the egos of the leaders could get out of the way. They could forge a progressive party just as big as the relatively-new Conservative Party coalition.

The only problem with the NDP is that they don't want to cut total taxes as a percentage of the economy. They want to maintain the status quo.

But that is better than the Conservatives who want to make people poorer. As in the USA where middle-class wages are no longer keeping up with inflation.

The NDP increases middle class wages.

The Conservatives rob the middle class. All while whining every step of the way.

The whiners versus the workers.

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Drug War charts, and more. [TopLink]