According to the Department of Labor, 4 States have lower minimum wage rates than the federal minimum wage rate.
The DOL, department of labor reported that Minnesota, Wyoming, Arkansas and Georgia have reported lower minimum wage rates than the national minimum wage rate. A significant number have minimum wage rates higher than the national minimum wage rate and a significant number have a minimum wage rate equal to the federal minimum wage rate. Currently, the minimum wage rate is $7.25 per hour. As recently as 2008, the minimum wage rate was $5.85 per hour. This represents a 23% increase during that term. While that is a significant increase percentage wise, the $5.85 per hour in 2008 was widely considered very low. A number of businesses lobbied that an increase would force businesses to eliminate jobs. However, this was not received as well by the public as was expected due to the fact that the hourly was was already so low.