According to the report, a single worker needs an income of $30,012 a year - or just above $14 an hour - to cover basic expenses and save for retirement and emergencies. That is close to three times the 2010 national poverty level of $10,830 for a single person, and nearly twice the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour.
In fact, the poverty level for a family of four is only $22,050. Which is significantly less than it actually takes for a single worker to be financially stable. But let's not get sidetracked from these promising employment numbers. Time for America's broke-ass states to cut unemployment benefits! The recovery is recovering, more or less! Work more and still be poor—but rich in pride!