Does minimum wage match the cost of living Fairfax County, Virginia?

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As a young working mom the cost of living is important.  If it were only me working for me and my babies we would be having a hard time, because the cost living in Northern Virginia is expensive.  This region has much wealth and opportunities for education, however many of hard working people don’t provide enough for the high cost of living. If I didn’t had the support of other people it would cost me a lot to cover everything I need without thinking about buying things that were not necessary.  As an immigrant I know the difficulties that our people has to go trough to get what they need.

Does minimum wage match the cost of living in Fairfax County, Virginia?

The minimum wage is the lowest [pay that a employee gets.  Virginia’s states and federal minimum wage rate is the  same $7.25 since 2008. This mean that a federal worker made $290.00 weakly working 40 hours, Yearly a worker made $15,080.00.  In 2009 the House committee in commerce and Labor get a proposal to increase the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.00 but they decline the proposal.

 

How much it cost to live in Fairfax county? 

As you can see in the graph down the cost of living in Fairfax County is more expansive that live in Washington-Alexandria Metro.

 

This graph compares the cost of living

 

“The living wage shown is the hourly rate that an individual must earn to support their family, if they are the sole provider and are working full-time (2080 hours per year). All values are per adult in a family unless otherwise noted. The state minimum wage is the same for all individuals, regardless of how many dependents they may have. The poverty rate is typically quoted as gross annual income. We have converted it to an hourly wage for the sake of comparison”

The site below shows the living wage , the rate of poverty and the minimum wage.

http://livingwage.mit.edu/counties/51059

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