[NEW] Louisiana Needs a Higher Wage

By David Gray, Louisiana Budget Project

By There is no better anti-poverty program than a good job with a decent wage. But in Louisiana- one of only five states without a mimimum wage law- hundreds of thousands of people work hard every day yet still struggle to stay out of poverty. MORE>>

Read JSRI’s 2009 profile of poverty and inequality in the State of Louisiana »

A sample of the profile follows:

Who are Louisiana’s Poor?

  • 270,794 are children (24.7% of kids)
  • 69,185 are elders (13.5% of seniors)
  • 404,239 are adults 18-64 (15.1 % of adults)
  • 353,716 are in female-headed families (37.7% of such families)

Looked at another way:

  • 307,794 males are poor (14.9 % males)
  • 436,424 females are poor (19.7 % of females)
  • 298,769 whites are poor (10.8 % of whites)
  • 413,097 blacks are poor (30.6 % of blacks)
  • 30,469 Hispanics are poor (21.1% of Hispanics)
  • 18,476 immigrants are poor (14.2 % of foreign-born)

Ms. Mary Baudouin is the lead JSRI liaison to Louisiana groups, assisted by other staff as appropriate.

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