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Posted By: Jim Wilson In Response To: Putting gas prices in prospective. (Bill Cornelius)
Sunday, 23 April 2006, at 1:12 p.m.
In Response To: Putting gas prices in prospective. (Bill Cornelius)
A little research revealed the following interesting numbers:
Minimum wage - $2.00/hour
Average gas price per gallon - $0.36
So in 1974 gas per gallon was approximately 18% of the total wages being earned of those collecting minimum wage
Minimum wage - $3.10/hour
Average gas price per gallon - $1.20
Thus in 1980 gas per gallon was approximately 28% of the total wages earned by those collecting minimum wage
Minimum wage - $4.25/hour
Average gas price per gallon - $1.30/gallon
Thus in 1991 gas per gallon was approximately 30% of the total wages earned by those collecting minimum wage
Minimum wage - $5.15/hour
Average gas price per gallon - $1.40
Thus in 1997 gas per gallon was approximately 27% of the total wages earned by those collecting minimum wage
Minimum wage - federal - $5.15/hour
Minimum wage - Florida - $6.40/hour
Average gas price per gallon - $3.00
Thus currently the price per gallon of gas takes up over 50% of the monies earned by those who make the current federal minimum wage and even here in Florida where the minimum wage is $1.25 higher per hour the current price of gas per gallon take up over 40% of the income earned.
So to those who say that gas is actually cheaper than it was 20 years ago when you compare income, these figures simply don't match that stance. The simple fact is that the people who are being hurt the most by the current gas price trends are the very ones who can least afford it. And even those who earn more than minimum wage are paying more of their percentage of income in fuel prices.
My wife works as a manager of a major retail store and they start their employees at a whooping $7.00 per hour. That means that their income is barely covering their fuel cost just to get to work.
The bottom line as far as I am concerned is really simple. There is no bright side to this fuel mess. There are some people out there who are making millions in profits while others are living hand to mouth because of our petroleum-based society.
So compare the prices to 1981 as much as you want but the facts speak for themselves. The price of fuel has climbed by the minimum wage has not (and cannot to be honest) and we cannot measure in generalities. We owe it to those who must live off of minimum wage to consider their situation with regard to fuel prices.
(I did the above figures quickly in my head by the way and thus they may be a little off but I am pretty sure that I am close)
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