Only Mississippi has higher concentration of low-wage jobs than Nevada, report says

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Oxfam America, "Ten Years Without a Raise"
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Oxfam America, “Ten Years Without a Raise”

“This map illustrates the percentages of workers who would benefit from a raise to $15. The darker the color, the higher the concentration of low-wage workers.”

That’s the description of an interactive map produced by the American arm of the global non-profit charity Oxfam. And at 40.3 percent — more than half a million workers — Nevada has a higher concentration of low-wage workers than any other state except Mississippi, according to an Oxfam America report published this month. By contrast, 26.6 percent of workers nationwide would benefit from raising the wage to $15.

The report, “Ten Years Without a Raise,” estimates that if the minimum wage were raised to $15 an hour by 2024, it would benefit 555,000 Nevadans. Further breaking down the impact for Nevada specifically, Oxfam found that women of color in Nevada would benefit the most; whites would benefit the least:

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Oxfam America “Ten Years Without a Raise”

Smashing the persistent myth that it is mostly teenagers who are working in minimum wage or near-minimum wage jobs, Oxfam also estimates that more than 94 percent of Nevadans who would benefit from raising the wage would be adults over the age of 20.

Democrats in Congress, including Nevada Democrats, are co-sponsoring legislation that would raise the federal minimum wage to $15 by 2024.

Oxfam America’s report is based on an Economic Policy Institute Simulation Model using data from the Census Bureau, the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Congressional Budget Office.

Hugh Jackson
Editor | Hugh Jackson has been writing about Nevada policy and politics for more than 20 years. He was editor of the Las Vegas Business Press, senior editor at the Las Vegas CityLife weekly newspaper, daily political commentator on the Las Vegas NBC affiliate, and wrote the then-groundbreaking Las Vegas Gleaner, which among other things was the only independent political blog from Nevada that was credentialed at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. He spent a few years as a senior energy and environmental policy analyst for Public Citizen, and has occasionally worked as a consultant on mining, taxation, education and other issues for Nevada labor and public interest organizations. His freelance work has been published in outlets ranging from the Guardian to Desert Companion to In These Times to the Oil & Gas Journal. For several years he also taught U.S. History courses at UNLV. Prior to moving to Las Vegas, he was a reporter and then assistant managing editor at the Casper Star-Tribune, Wyoming’s largest newspaper.

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