Many Idaho Jobs Don’t Pay a Living Wage
BURLEY, Idaho (AP) — Single people in Idaho earn half of what is considered a livable wage, while households with children tend to face even more economical challenges.
Living wages pays for housing, food, utilities and other expenses such as tucking money away for savings. The Times-News reports that livable wages for a single person come out to almost $14.50 an hour, or more than double that of Idaho's $7.25 hourly minimum wage.
The living wage for a single adult with two children is little more than $25 an hour. Idaho Community Action Network director Terri Sterling says almost 70 percent of Idaho jobs don't pay a living wage. National and regional pushes have been made to raise Idaho's and federal minimum wage but so far attempts have failed.