Monday, October 24, 2011

It's Getting Harder

"A single parent with a preschooler and a school-age child in Seattle needs to earn $56,904 a year.

In East King County, the same family would need $65,690 a year, the highest self-sufficiency cost in the state. The lowest, Wahkiakum County, is $32,997.

A lot of working people, of course, don't make even that much.

Washington's minimum wage is the highest in the nation, and it is scheduled to go up Jan. 1 to $9.04 an hour.

According to the report, at the new level, that three-person family would have enough income to cover less than half its living expenses."

Jerry Large | Poverty Report: What's the Cost of Living? | The Seattle Times