January 30, 2012. The change would directly benefit about one in six of New York workers – that is, 1.6 million low-wage workers – and their families. Most (90 percent) of these low-wage workers are adults and a greater share are women, black or Hispanic than for New York workers overall. The minimum wage in New York is low by historical standards – at one time it could keep a family of three out of poverty – and in comparison to other states. Moreover, the increased purchasing power of low-wage workers will pump much-needed demand into local businesses and communities and will create roughly 25,000 new jobs in New York State over three years. Release >> and full report >>