The Huffington Post recently compiled a list of several ways the South is struggling. “These 9 Maps Should Absolutely Outrage Southerners” is a breakdown of current health and economic issues affecting the region. First, the list took a look at the poverty level in the South, compared to the rest of the nation. A 2012 study from the USDA reported the South has the highest poverty rate in the U.S, with more than 17 percent of its residents living below the poverty level.
Federal statistics show that one of every 10 working Georgians now makes the minimum wage. An analysis of data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that is triple the proportion when the recession technically ended nearly three years ago.
Starting this month, the U.S. Department of Labor is stepping up enforcement of labor laws in Georgia. The effort is primarily focused on restaurants, and federal labor officials will be visiting establishments in Georgia, Florida and South Carolina looking for violations of minimum-wage, overtime and child-labor laws.