Publication Date

July 2005


This memorandum is in response to your request about the historical relationship between the federal minimum wage and poverty from 1959 to 2005. In particular, you were interested in the annual income a full-time, full-year worker earning the minimum wage would earn relative to the poverty level for a family of three.


Suggested Citation
Gabe, T. (2005). Historical Relationship Between the Minimum Wage and Poverty, 1959 to 2005 Washington, DC: U.S. Congressional Research Service.