Hourly Workers at or Below Minimum Wage Up in Texas

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    The Bureau of Labor Statistics released new information Monday on minimum wage workers in Texas.

    The report highlights that among hourly-paid workers, 550,000 Texans had earnings at or below the Federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour in 2010 -- up 76,000 workers from 2009.

    Nearly 5.8 million Texas workers were paid hourly rates, representing 55.7 percent of all Texas wage and salary workers.

    The number of Texans paid at or less than the minimum wage increased, while those making less than minimum wage decreased.

    Texas, at 9.5 percent, tied with Mississippi for the highest proportion of hourly-paid workers earning at or below the minimum wage.

    California, Washington, Oregon and Alaska tied for the lowest percentage of workers earning at or below the Federal minimum wage. All of those states have minimum wage rate requirements that are  higher than the Federal rate.

    See the full report here.