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Hotel housekeepers make the beds but still can’t afford to lie in them

In the 1960s and 1970s, housekeepers could afford a hotel room with their day’s wages. Although they are paid somewhat more than the $7.25/hour minimum—the average hourly rate was $10.70 in 2014—like many low-paid workers their pay has been indirectly affected by the erosion of the real value of the minimum wage. While housekeepers’ inflation-adjusted wages have increased very slowly, hotel companies have enjoyed healthy pre-tax profit margins, which increased from 17 percent in 1996 to 25 percent in 2013 based on available data.   Economic Snapshot • By  Monique Morrissey and Teresa Kroeger

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