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Taking a Look At Minimum Wage And Workforce Development

Workforce Development

Workforce development is already enough of a struggle, but is minimum wage enough?

At My Brother’s Keeper, we care a lot about Baltimore workforce development. Young adults need jobs in order to be productive members of society, but it’s a matter of opportunity. The Irvington community would benefit greatly from having a larger capable workforce, but one of the issues is cost of living vs. readily available income. Our first step is to make workforce development a priority and help people get employed, but then we must ask, is minimum wage sufficient?

Maryland Minimum Wage

Maryland, thankfully, doesn’t just stick to the national minimum wage of $7.25. Currently, our minimum wage is set at $8.75, though by July 1st it will go up to $9.25, then $10.10 by 2018 with a dollar increase every year after that. This means that, on average, a full-time worker making minimum wage is making $1,400 a month pre-tax. Now that we’ve got the income factor determined, let’s compare it to the cost of living in Baltimore and its surrounding areas.

Rent, Food, And The Cost Of living

Different sources place the average Baltimore City rent somewhere between $900 and $1,400. Of course, you can lower this even more by shacking up with roommates or if you’re a married couple, but let’s say you’re single and want to live alone. You’re already spending the majority of your money on rent, where smart spending thinkers have said that it’s a good idea to only spend 1/3rd of your income on rent money. This can make for a very stressful day-to-day living situation.

Workforce Development With My Brother’s Keeper

With the high cost and low pay that many people face, it can be almost impossible to afford a lapse in employment. Many residents of Baltimore and Irvington need steady, guaranteed employment. That’s why My Brother’s Keeper can help you reach out to local businesses and employers. We can also put you in contact with Baltimore City agencies as well as non-profit job assistance programs, among other resources.

Talk to My Brother’s Keeper About Helping in Baltimore

To learn more about our youth programs, Attendance Affirmation Project, how to help, or to find out more about our services including hot meal programs, employment assistance, health services and identifying possible emergency shelter, call MBK today at 410-644-3194. You can also follow our official MBK page on Google+, Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook, to stay up to date on our center’s progress and upcoming events in the community.

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