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Food service jobs in the Black Hills fall well below a living wage set out in a new calculator.
Food service jobs in the Black Hills fall well below a living wage set out in a new calculator.
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September 5, 2014

Living Wage Calculator Shows Black Hills Family Needs $36,000

How much income a family needs to have a living wage in the Black Hills varies widely by circumstance, and a new living wage calculator from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology breaks down several situations in easy-to-read tables.

Exact numbers vary by county, but a family of four - two adults and two children - needs about $36,000 per year for a living wage.

Housing, food and transportation typically make up the top three categories for expenses, with the cost of adequate housing ranging widely from a single adult to a family with two or three children. Child care also can be among the top three expense categories for single parents.

The tables include numbers for a living wage plus figures for a poverty wage, and most often even that exceeds the minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.

Below are some highlights of the data for counties in the Black Hills region. Follow the links to see complete tables.

Pennington County

Single adult - Needs $16,551 annually/$7.96 hourly, with monthly expenses for housing at $498, food at $242 and transporation at $306.

Single parent with two children - Needs $43,801 annually/$21.06 hourly, with monthly expenses for housing at $732, food at $536 and transporation at $686.

Couple with three children -  Needs $43,185 annually/$20.76 hourly, with monthly expenses for housing at $969, food at $906 and transporation at $748.

Meade County

Single adult - Needs $14,418 annually/$6.93 hourly, with monthly expenses for housing at $353, food at $242 and transporation at $306.

Single parent with two children - Needs $41,039 annually/$19.73 hourly, with monthly expenses for housing at $546, food at $536 and transporation at $686.

Couple with three children -  Needs $40,612 annually/$19.52 hourly, with monthly expenses for housing at $794, food at $904 and transporation at $748.

Lawrence County

Single adult - Needs $14,800 annually/$7.12 hourly, with monthly expenses for housing at $379 food at $242 and transporation at $306.

Single parent with two children - Needs $41,336 annually/$19.87 hourly, with monthly expenses for housing at $566, food at $536 and transporation at $686.

Couple with three children -  Needs $40,524 annually/$19.48 hourly, with monthly expenses for housing at $788, food at $904 and transporation at $748.

Butte County

Single adult - Needs $15,168 annually/$7.29 hourly, with monthly expenses for housing at $404 food at $242 and transporation at $306.

Single parent with two children - Needs $40,890 annually/$19.66 hourly, with monthly expenses for housing at $536, food at $536 and transporation at $686.

Couple with three children -  Needs $39,480 annually/$18.98 hourly, with monthly expenses for housing at $717, food at $904 and transporation at $748.

Custer County

Single adult - Needs $15,168 annually/$7.29 hourly, with monthly expenses for housing at $404 food at $242 and transporation at $306.

Single parent with two children - Needs $40,890 annually/$19.66 hourly, with monthly expenses for housing at $717, food at $749 and transporation at $686.

Couple with three children -  Needs $39,480 annually/$18.98 hourly, with monthly expenses for housing at $717, food at $904 and transporation at $748.

Fall River County

Single adult - Needs $15,050 annually/$7.24 hourly, with monthly expenses for housing at $396 food at $242 and transporation at $306.

Single parent with two children - Needs $40,994 annually/$19.71 hourly, with monthly expenses for housing at $543, food at $536 and transporation at $686.

Couple with three children -  Needs $39,289 annually/$18.89 hourly, with monthly expenses for housing at $704, food at $904 and transporation at $748.

Shannon County

Single adult - Needs $15,168 annually/$7.29 hourly, with monthly expenses for housing at $404 food at $242 and transporation at $306.

Single parent with two children - Needs $40,890 annually/$19.66 hourly, with monthly expenses for housing at $536, food at $536 and transporation at $736.

Couple with three children -  Needs $39,480 annually/$18.98 hourly, with monthly expenses for housing at $717, food at $904 and transporation at $748.

 

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