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  • ** FILE ** Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, left, and Labor Secretary Thomas Perez speak to the media outside the West Wing of the White House, Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, in Washington, after an event in the East Room of the White House about the long-term unemployed. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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  • Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez, who also testified Wednesday before Mr. Harkin's committee, said increasing the federal minimum wage, along with pushing items like immigration reform and infrastructure spending, is an important piece of a "quilt" the White House is advocating to boost the economy.

    CBO chief: Projected job loss numbers from minimum wage hike are fluid →

  • "The Congressional Budget Office indicates that 25 million people will benefit from an increase in the minimum wage," Mr. Perez said. "The Congressional Budget Office agrees that roughly 12 percent are teenagers who benefit from the minimum wage, so we can put to rest once and for all this myth that raising the minimum wage only helps teenagers. I hear that time and time again; it's wrong. The average age of a minimum wage worker is 35 years old."

    CBO chief: Projected job loss numbers from minimum wage hike are fluid →

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