Min. wage in 2013 same as 1975 in constant dollars: StatsCan

Workers in 1975 earned $10.13/hour in 2013 dollars


 
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Statistics Canada says the average minimum wage in 2013 was almost identical to the 1975 minimum wage, in constant dollars.

The agency says the average minimum wage was $10.14 in 2013 and the 1975 wage, expressed in 2013 dollars, was $10.13.

Between 1975 and 2013, however, the minimum wage in 2013 dollars, varied, slipping to $7.53 in 1986 before rising to $8.81 in 1996.

Up to 2003, the real minimum wage remained stable at around $8.50.

The report says 6.7 per cent of all paid employees earned the minimum wage in 2013, up from 5.0 per cent in 1997.

It says young employees, less-educated employees, part-timers and people in service industries were most likely to be paid minimum wage.


 
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Min. wage in 2013 same as 1975 in constant dollars: StatsCan

  1. It’s good to see that minimum wage, in constant dollars, has risen back to mid-70s levels from a lower point. The rise in the percentage of people earning minimum wage, however, is definitely NOT a good sign.

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