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The Minimum Wage Around the World

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), an international policy group that monitors and analyzes 34 countries, recently tweeted the following chart:

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It illustrates the after-tax value of the hourly minimum wage, in US dollars, in the OECD countries that have instituted one. Australia and Luxembourg lead the group with wages over $9 an hour each, and Latvia and Mexico are at the bottom with wages under $2. The US, where the federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour, or $6.26 after taxes, ranks 11th.

Broken down by state, however, there is some variation among the 45 states that require a minimum wage, ranging from $9.05 per hour in Washington, DC, to $5.15 an hour in Georgia and Wyoming. The Guardian reported that 21 states raised the minimum wage in 2015, and multiple states have begun the process of raising their minimum wages to $10.10 an hour.

Business Insider’s Myles Udland reported that the US government currently spends $152.8 billion a year supporting working families who are paid so little that they’re still in need of assistance. In Georgia, minimum wage amounts to 20 GEL (8.58)