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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…
- Ask a parent, grandparent, or other adult what their first job was and how much they made per hour. Post a comment using your first name only, grade, and school (i.e. Trevor, 6, Sunset)
- Look at this site and make a table of Nebraska’s minimum wage from 1968 to present. BONUS: Turn your data into a graph.
- 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.
- Read about Nebraska’s minimum wage at: https://www.minimum-wage.org/nebraska What kinds of jobs offer minimum wage? Is $9.00 an hour sufficient? Leave your comments below.
8 thoughts on “#36: Minimum Wage”
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.
Wow Nebraska’s minimum wage went up $8.00 in the past years!?
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.
How could you make a living off of $1.00 per hour in 1968?
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.
I can’t believe how much it changed!
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?
Mr. Kock was a receptionist at the church rectory and he made $4.25 an hour.