In some Pennsylvania counties, more than 43% of workers are earning the minimum wage.

But there are some misconceptions out there about who the average minimum wage earner is. Here are the facts: most are adults, women, and more than half work full time. This is not an issue that only impacts teenagers working after school part-time.

A higher minimum wage means fewer Pennsylvanians will need government assistance. A higher minimum wage would save taxpayers $36 million in Medicaid costs next year alone and $119 million the following year.