Does it? lol
Mr Perfidy and Joanie, that seems so unfair, such a low minimum,
If minimum wages were higher than no one would hire people with current minimum-wage level skills. With a low or no minimum wage, anyone can get a job anywhere really. If it were high, then employers would be more selective and make more demands. I bet I'd have to get drug tested and shit to be able to put a hot dog in a bun in a parking lot. Fuck that.
in places where I've lived, I would have to answer, "unbearable." But I live in NJ and have lived in NY and have a lot of friends in Philly, and believe that this region is generally more expensive and less indicative of the nation as a whole.
however what is the cost of living like ????? Always relative I suppose.
It is literally not mathematically possible to make minumum wage and pay rent though anywhere that I have ever rented an apartment (and I always search for the cheapest ones available) unless you only work and sleep. Most rent is paid by couples or by roommates who share expenses, so that there is something left to buy food and internet access and cable. Not that most workers make minimum wage, but most wage jobs around here start you at or near it, and you are lucky to get a 25cent raise in a year.
"Ah, those endless forests, and their horror-haunted gloom! For what eternities have I wandered through them, a timid, hunted creature, starting at the least sound, frightened of my own shadow, keyed-up, ever alert and vigilant, ready on the instant to dash away in mad flight for my life. For I was the prey of all manner of fierce life that dwelt in the forest, and it was in ecstasies of fear that I fled before the hunting monsters."
Jack london, "Before Adam"