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In These 21 Countries, a 40-Hour Work Week Still Keeps Families in Poverty

It's hard to get by on a minimum-wage paycheck in most countries the OECD examined
Protesters yell at a rally in support of an increase in the minimum wage in Midtown Manhattan on Wednesday, April 15, 2015.

Protesters yell at a rally in support of an increase in the minimum wage in Midtown Manhattan on Wednesday, April 15, 2015.

Photographer: Victor J. Blue
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How often have you felt that no matter how hard and long you work you just couldn't make ends meet?

Tuns out life is just that hard for minimum-wage workers pretty much across the globe. A global ranking out Wednesday by the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development painted a grim picture of the situation in member countries straddling continents. The 34-member organization found that a legal minimum wage existed in 26 countries and crunched the numbers to see how they compared.