#36: Minimum Wage

My boys and I recently had a conversation about minimum wage and it got me thinking about my first job.  It was the late 1980’s and I was 13 years old.  I worked at Bishop’s Buffet rolling silverware in napkins and I made a whopping \$2.15 an hour!

Here are some ways to spend some Math Minutes…
2. Look at this site and make a table of Nebraska’s minimum wage from 1968 to present.  BONUS:  Turn your data into a graph.
3. Using the same site in #2, compare the minimum wage for 2-3 states.  Use this online graphing tool or another graphing tool of your choice.

8 thoughts on “#36: Minimum Wage”

1. Cat says:

Really \$9.00 a hour in 2016 is minimum wage! That’s not enough money to support you and if you have family not enough to support them.

2. Louis H., Sunset, 5 says:

Wow Nebraska’s minimum wage went up \$8.00 in the past years!😎

3. Alex, 5, Sunset says:

I had no idea that you were required to pay a certain amount to employees. I wonder what would happen if you paid them below the minimum wage.

4. Isabella, 5, Sunset says:

How could you make a living off of \$1.00 per hour in 1968?

5. LydIa H., 5, Sunset says:

I can’t believe that in 1968 people only got \$1.00 an hour!! And now workers get \$9.00 an hour and 18,720.00 a year! But I also thought it would be more then \$9.00.

6. LydIa, Sunset 5 says:

I can’t believe how much it changed!

7. Claire, Sunset, 5 says:

Wow, someone must be really cheap if they wanna pay you \$9.00 and hour! What would happen if someone payed you less than the minimum wage? Would they go to jail or what?