Saturday, February 02, 2002

30% of Minnesotans Earn Less than $10/hr -- I don't know how people can live on that. I know that many moons ago I lived on 6.50/hr, but that was in the late 80s to early 90s. I don't know how I made it through on that little amount even back then. How do people do it now? $10/hr? I suppose most of those people are working more than one job, living at home with their 'rents or bunking up with several roommates. Renting a one bedroom in the Twin Cities is averaging close to $800 if you want to live in a decent place in an ok neighborhood. What's even more shocking 'bout the initial statistic is that 62,000 workers in my state are making $5.15/hr or the minimum wage in the country. I *really* don't know how a typical adult could afford to live on that. I sincerely hope those are just teenagers trying to make some money to buy a nice set of CDs to add to their collection. At that wage, they couldn't even rent the $800 apartment on their own. Dunno why I had to post this aside from the fact that I had to gripe *and* count my blessings.