REPORT RELEASED “Living on the Edge: Where Very Low Wage Workers Live in Pennsylvania”

Mark Price |

Today we released a new report “Living on the Edge: Where Very Low Wage Workers Live in Pennsylvania.” This comes in advance of Thursday’s statewide day of action organized by a diverse coalition of faith, labor and community groups urging lawmakers to take action to raise the minimum wage in Pennsylvania. (See for more information on local events.)

In the regions where events will be held on Thursday, the report finds that a minimum wage increase would raise the wages of:

  • 51,700 workers in Allentown–Bethlehem–Easton metropolitan area
  • 49,900 workers in Bucks County
  • 25,800 workers in Erie County
  • 49,200 workers in the Harrisburg-Carlisle metropolitan area
  • 49,000 workers in Lancaster County
  • 113,400 workers in the City of Philadelphia
  • 34,400 workers in the City of Pittsburgh and 179,300 in the rest of the Pittsburgh metropolitan area
  • 50,600 workers in the Scranton–Wilkes-Barre–Hazelton metropolitan area.

Read the full report here (PDF) be sure to let your local lawmakers know you support a minimum wage increase!