WILKES-BARRE, PA — At first, it sounds like a good new, bad news sort of thing.
The good news: According to a new report, raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour would help 21 percent of the Luzerne County workforce get better pay.
The bad news: One fifth of Luzerne County workers earn below or near the proposed new minimum of $10.10 an hour.
The numbers come from “Living on the Edge: Where Very Low-wage Workers Live in Pennsylvania,” issued by the Keystone Research Center this week. As part of a push to get Harrisburg to consider increasing the minimum, rallies were held around the state Thursday, including one on Wilkes-Barre’s Public Square.