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Tennessee Leads in Minimum Wage Workers

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Tennessee has the largest proportion of hourly workers earning at or below the federal minimum wage, according to new figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Texas had the largest number of minimum wage workers, but Tennessee had the largest percentage. An estimated 7.4 percent of Tennessee's hourly workforce (117,000 people) earns at or below the federal minimum wage of $7.25.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Tennessee is one of five states that has no required minimum wage. Twenty states and the District of Columbia have a minimum wage higher than the federal minimum wage of $7.25. Twenty states have a minimum wage that is the same as the federal minimum wage. And four states have a minimum wage lower than the federal minimum wage.

Georgia and Wyoming have the lowest set minimum wage at $5.15, and Washington state has the highest set minimum wage with $9.32. In other words, a Georgian working full-time earning that state's minimum wage would make $10,712 a year, while a Washingtonian working full-time earning that state's minimum wage would earn $19,386 a year.

An attempt to raise the minimum wage by $1 to $8.25 for workers in Tennessee who have not been offered health insurance was voted down in February. President Barack Obama has proposed raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.

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