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Living Wage Study - 2002

Category Year (2002) Month (2002) Month (2000) Comments
Rent $6,324.00 $527.00 $504.00 Fair market rent for single bedroom apartment, including utilities. Source: HUD
Transportation $1,998.53 $166.54 $151.23 Weighted average of amount spent on cars, public buses and bicycle. Source: Claritas and WOW
Food $1,939.80 $161.55 $152.30 Average of low-cost plan Food Stamp cost for males and females 20-50. Source: USDA
Telephone $318.00 $26.50 $25.97 Source: Verizon, Ithaca
Health Care $1,099.36 $91.61 $82.72 Employee’s share premium Aetna Health Care plan plus additional out-of-pocket medical expenses. Source: Alternatives’ Human Resource Manager; Claritas
Recreation $1,377.00 $114.75 $107.23 Reading materials, computer hardware, software, TV, radio, sound equipment. Source: Claritas
Savings $600.00 $50.00 $50.00 Source: Alternatives Federal Credit Union
Misc $1,382.50 $115.21 $113.71 Clothing, personal care, housekeeping, small appliances, etc. Source Claritas
Net (Subtotal) $15,039.19 $1,253.26 $1,187.16 (5.57% increase)
Payroll $1,381.65 $115.14 $111.82  
Federal $1,253.43 $104.45 $129.26  
State $386.53 $32.21 $33.47  
Total $18,060.80 $1,505.06 $1,461.71 (2.97% increase) $8.68@40 hrs/wk; $ 9.14@38*
Day Care Expenses        
Age 2   $628.30   Source Day Care Council
Ages 3,4   $541.61   Source Day Care Council

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