But with 4.8 million American earning only minimum wage, there's a perilous number of people who can't possibly stay afloat--let alone "win"-- in this economy. The New York Times has teamed up with Pro Publica to show exactly how the deck is stacked against minimum wage earners by creating a state-specific interactive feature where you, as a single, childless worker, enter the amounts you spend on everything from housing to taxes. Then it shows you how many more hours a week you'll need to work--or how much you'll have to go into debt--in order to make ends meet.
The site notes with some understatement that "you may find that even your rock-bottom expenses aren’t met and that you have to work more hours, pay your bills late, borrow money or do without."
To millions of Americans, that's no game. --Barbara Bedway