Nearly one-third of Minnesota workers are employed in jobs that pay
less than $10 per hour, according to a report by the state Department
of Economic Security.
In 2000, 30.7 percent, or 832,00 workers, earned less than $10 per hour;
that number is down from 1998, the beginning of the report period, when
34.1 percent were considered low-wage workers. A large number of those
workers were in retail jobs, which make up 19 percent of Minnesota jobs
but account for 38 percent, or 313,000, of all low-wage positions.
Another one-third earned more than $20 per hour. The study indicated
that wages increase sooner for full-time workers who stay at the same
job than for those who move around within the workforce.
Minnesota is one of only three states to measure the number of hours
worked each month by an employee, making it impossible to compare with