Thursday, June 24, 2010

O.C. workers' costs are twice minimum wage

June 24th, 2010, 2:33 pm
by Mary Ann Milbourn

Lower-income working adults and families face tough times making due in Orange County where costs for just a modest lifestyle are twice the $8 state minimum wage — and in some cases more than four times, according to a new report released today.

By the California Budget Project's count, a single parent in Orange County with two children must bring in $72,373 a year to cover basic household costs. That means a single parent working two full-time jobs at minimum wage would fall short. Even a single parent earning California's $19.01 median hourly wage and working a 40-hour week would not be able to meet expenses.

Families with one working adult must make $57,809 yearly. Single adults need $34,932 a year.