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You Need to Work at Least 67 Hours a Week to Afford Rent While Making the Minimum Wage

Image via National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC)

It's widespread knowledge that the minimum wage has stagnated and not kept up with the cost of living anywhere in the United States. But most people don't realize just how bad it is. The National Low Income Housing Coalition has calculated how many hours a week a minimum wage worker would have to work in each state to afford a two-bedroom apartment at fair market rent and found that you'd have to work at least 67 hours a week. In more than half the states, you'd have to work more than 80 hours a week. In the most expensive state, Hawaii, you'd have to work 177 hours a week—yes, more hours than actually exist in a week. 

See the full map, with state-by-state numbers.

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