• Report: Minimum wage workers cannot afford two-bed apartments in the US

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    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Minimum wage workers currently cannot afford a two-bed apartment anywhere in the United States, according to a report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition.

    Overnight, Channel 9 dug through those numbers and found different national trends.

    In Arkansas, which is known for having the cheapest housing in the country, you would have to earn $13.84 an hour to afford a two-bedroom apartment. This equals roughly $29,000 a year.

    Hawaii, which is the most expensive housing market, residents must make at least $36 an hour to afford this type of apartment.

    We looked at the North Carolina numbers and found N.C. residents must make $16.35 an hour in order to afford a two-bedroom apartment. That is without spending more than 30 percent of their income.

    In South Carolina, it is only a few cents higher than North Carolina at $16.38.

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