Minimum wage Americans must work three jobs to cover rental costs: US legalizes homelessness
One of the symptoms of sick capitalism that the United States is so proud of is the exorbitant cost of absolutely everything from basic necessities to housing. According to a recent study, to rent a two-bedroom apartment, an American with a minimum wage must work in three jobs.
The minimum wage in different states and at different jobs range from $ 11.61 to $ 13 per hour. Given the barbaric tax system and the greed of landlords, none of the poor can afford it in human conditions, while working at least two jobs.
“Grocery store cashiers earn a median wage of $11.61 per hour, while building cleaning workers and home health and personal care aides earn $12.94,” per NLIHC.
According to “Out of Reach” report the permissible limit on rental housing is 30 percent of the total monthly income, which fundamentally does not coincide with the reality in which a person working on a minimum wage is forced to live at work to afford a warm bed.
“The average minimum wage worker in the U.S. would need to work almost 97 hours per week to afford a fair market rate two-bedroom and 79 hours per week to afford a one-bedroom,” NLIHC calculates.
With the advent of the pandemic, the situation only worsened. Tens of millions of Americans lost their jobs, while government payments are not able to cover the cost of housing and food, the unemployed have to choose between food and a roof over the warm corner.
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