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According to the United States Department of Labor in 2012, “3.6 million workers earned wages at or below the federal minimum wage standard.” Minimum wage is a social problem that affects millions of people. There are several reasons minimum wage should be increased and it would affect the whole country in a more positive way. The government should increase minimum wage because the current minimum wage is not enough for living expenses, it helps to reduce the number of those on government assistance, and it would help boost the economy. I remember my first real job experience, it was my first year in college, and I got a job the first week at one of the dining halls on campus. While I did receive some financial aid, it was not enough to cover all my expenses, which included books, part of my courses, mandatory dorm expenses (think of it as rent), and anything else I needed for school. I worked thirty to close to forty hours a week, at seven dollars and twenty-five cents an hour, all while going to school full-time. I made just enough to live by and that was still cutting it close some months. The government should increase minimum wage to what some call “living wage”. The current minimum wage is impairing those who are doing their best to support themselves and if they have them, their families. Based off of studies and a 2010 census cost of living index, Benefits of Raising the Minimum wage, composed a setting of a life of individual trying to support a family on minimum wage. “The average worker, working two-hundred and fifty days, forty hours per week will earn about fourteen thousand five hundred dollars a year on minimum wage… The monthly expenditures don’t come even close to covering cost of living in most areas.” If the f... ... middle of paper ... ...ecause by increasing the minimum wage, you also increase the chance of consumer spending. With a higher minimum wage and people able to support and pay living expenses, they have more income to spend elsewhere. People tend to spend more if they have the money to do so, which contributes to the GDP, which helps kick start the economic recovery. There are so many benefits to be had with a higher minimum wage. Not only does it affect the one receiving it, but the community and government as a whole. The government should increase the minimum wage because the current minimum wage is not enough for living expenses, it helps to reduce the number of those on government assistance, and it would help boost the economy. Doing so gives those earning minimum wage not only the ability to support themselves and their loved ones, as well as allowing them the dignity in doing so.

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