By the Numbers, March ’14

Percent of US workforce comprised by women, 1970: 38%

Percent of US workforce comprised by women, 2000: 47%

Percent of US workforce comprised by women, 2012: 47%

*US women’s wages, as a percent of men’s wages (1980): 64.2 %

*US women’s wages, as a percent of men’s wages (2012): 80.9%

*US White women’s wages, as a percent of White men’s wages: 80.8%

*US Black women’s wages, as a percent of White men’s wages: 68.1%

*US Hispanic women’s wages, as a percent of White men’s wages: 59.3%

*US Asian women’s wages, as a percent of White men’s wages: 87.6%

Average number of years living in a homophobic community takes off a gay person’s life: 12

**Average age of death for LGBT people who commit suicide in homophobic communities: 37.5

**Average age of death for LGBT people who commit suicide in non-homophobic communities: 55.7

Number of homeless Seattleites (counted 1/24/14): at least 2,303

Percentage by which Seattle homelessness has increased since last year: 14%

**Nationally, percent of youth who are LGBT: 6.4%:

**Nationally, percent of homeless youth who are LGBT: 20-40%

**Nationally, rate of attempted suicide among LGBT homeless youth: 62%

**Nationally, rate of attempted suicide among non-LGBT homeless youth: 29%

Percent of US income received by richest 1% (1970s): about 10%

Percent of US income received by richest 1% (2012): 20%

Mean US income (2007): $64,500

Median US income (2007): $41,700

Rate of unemployment for Seattleites age 20-24, Jan. ‘14: 11.9%

Percent of Seattle voters who support a $15 minimum wage: 68%

Percent opposed: 25%

Percent who think that it will help families: 82%

Percent who think that it will help local businesses: 71%

Percent who think it will hurt small businesses: 51%

Percent who think it will hurt the local economy: 40%

Percent who think it won’t hurt the local economy: 50%

Federal minimum wage (with some exceptions): $7.25/hr

Percent of US workers earning $6 to $9/hr (2012): 15%

Percent of US wages going to these workers: 4%

Percent by which Chicago Fed. Reserve Bank estimates a $1.75 increase in the fed. min. wage would change real GDP in its first year: +.3%

Percent by which the Chicago Fed. estimates a $9/hr min. wage would change real GDP in the long run: about 0%

*Among full-time workers

**LGBT: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender

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