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The National Memo

Say you're working at the minimum wage in Texas. How many hours per week do you need to work to afford an average 2-bedroom apartment?

40? 55? 70?

If you guessed 88 hours per week, you're right.

It's amazing, isn't it? And Texas isn't even as bad as many states—Florida, Nevada, and New York are all far worse.

Maybe that's why our friends at Upworthy are seeing this chart go viral online. It's clear, compelling proof that the social safety net in this country just isn't working.

Take a look, and if you're as surprised as we were, share this right now with your colleagues and friends?

How Many Minimum Wage Work Hours does It Take To Afford a Two Bedroom Apartment?
Min wage infographic

1. Source: National Low Income Housing Coalition

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