A Standard 40 Hour Work Week At Minimum Wage Doesn’t Pay The Bills

The National Low Income Housing Coalition has a new report looking at the man hours it takes at minimum wage to afford decent housing. The hourly wage necessary in order to attain two-bedroom housing at fair market rent is well above the minimum wage.

California is tops at a necessary hourly wage of $26.02, while Puerto Rico rounds out the bottom with a necessary hourly wage of $9.88.

In no state can minimum wage afford you average two-bedroom fair market rent, with several states’ cost of living so high that it would take over 88 work hours per week at minimum wage to make ends meet.