Teachers unions have raised questions about the federal government’s minimum wage, saying the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour is too low.
The federal minimum of $10.10 per hour is still higher than the states’ minimum of the $7 an hour, and the union-sponsored minimum wage calculator calculates it will take at least a year for an American to reach the federal poverty level of $15,850.
The calculator does not take into account other costs, such as health insurance and a high school diploma.
The union-funded calculator calculates that an American would need to earn at least $11,000 to get a decent job.
While teachers unions have argued that the federal federal minimum should be raised to $15 an hour to help create jobs, the Trump administration’s proposal to raise the minimum wage by $1 an hour in the first year has been criticized by education advocates and educators.
The proposal was released by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Monday.
DeVos said she supports a $15 minimum wage for the private sector.
“As a matter of fact, we want a $16 minimum wage because we believe it is the best way to help ensure a stable and fair economy for all Americans,” she said in a statement.
The Education Department has said it is considering raising the minimum hourly wage in the private industry to $17 an hour.
The federal government has raised the minimum wages of federal workers for the first time in 20 years and will soon raise it for workers at private companies.
The government has also begun phasing out overtime pay for federal workers.
The Education Department said it will phase out overtime for workers who receive overtime pay of at least 50 percent of the federal salary, as well as a new rule requiring federal contractors to pay workers the same minimum wage as employees at private firms.
The Labor Department has also set the federal unemployment rate for workers to 5.9 percent for October.
It was last at 4.7 percent in October.
The federal minimum hourly earnings are set by the Federal Reserve, which also sets the federal tipped minimum wage at $2.13 per hour.