March 16, 2012

How Many Hours do YOU need to work to afford rent?

The number of hours you need to work at Minimum Wage, just to afford Rent at a Fair Market Rate.

By the way: May First. Call in Sick. Get out in the Streets.

The Whole Fucking Thing is Coming Down.


  1. Listen, guy. Do no misrepresent the numbers. That is what they call fudging. To say that "in no state can a minimum wage worker afford a two-bedroom apartment a fair market rent working 40 hours per week" is just wrong. The image above has been altered from its original state. Not a very clean alteration either. The original info graphic depicted "hourly wage a worker must earn to afford a two-bedroom apartment at fair market value at 30 percent of income." That's 30% of income. A VERY important thing to include in the version of the info graphic you have posted on your blog is the 30% of income. In reality people rent all the time at 40% 50% 60% their income or higher. In EVERY state a minimum wage worker working 40 hours per week can afford a 2 bedroom apartment at fair market rent. (Even though they would only need a one bedroom.)

  2. There is no economic advisor in the world who would recommend spending more than 30% of your income on housing.

    So your point is kind of pointless.

  3. Nope, Louise. Using California as an example, the minimum wage is $8 per hour, slightly higher than the federal minimum. Still, apartments infrequently list below $1000 a month in urban centers. At minimum wage, that equates to 125 hours worked with the entire $8 per hour being dedicated to the rent - and that's without any taxes, utilities, necessary to keep said apartment functioning.

    (PS: that 125 hours works out to a good 70% of their income)