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Report: Average worker can't afford 2-bedroom apartment anywhere in US

SAN FRANCISCO (WRIC) -- From retail sales to maintenance workers and restaurant employees -- millions of Americans are struggling to find affordable places to live.

A new study suggests that minimum wage earners can no longer afford to rent a two-bedroom apartment anywhere in the country. 

The report comes from the National Coalition For Low Income Housing, which says only a handful of states offer affordable housing for people making less than $15 an hour. 

The problem? Even the lowest amount is higher than the local minimum wage. 

In Arkansas, for example, you only need to earn a little over $13 for a typical two-bedroom apartment. But that's still nearly double the Arkansas minimum wage of $8.50. 

In California, you can afford a typical two-bedroom apartment if you make just under $33 an hour -- that's three times the state minimum wage of $11.

In Virginia, where the minimum wage is $7.25, the gap is even greater. 

Employees in the Commonwealth must make $23.29 an hour to afford a two-bedroom apartment, according to the study. That's more than three times the state minimum wage.

Information from 8News affiliate KRON was used in this report


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