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Video: Gov. Rick Perry's Wife Claims People are "Hungry" for Minimum Wage Jobs

| by Michael Allen

Texas Gov. Rick Perry's wife Anita campaigned in Iowa today to defend her husband against criticism stemming from his poor performance in the GOP debate last week.

While plugging her husband's job creation in Texas, Anita said that many of the jobs in Texas were not high paying jobs, but minimum wage jobs, which she believes people are "hungry" for too.

In the video below, Anita said: "We have 1,500 people moving to Texas every day to find a job. I’m not going to tell you they’re all high-paying jobs, but they’re a job, even if they’re a minimum wage job. And that’s what people are hungry for."

Texas has the largest number of employees working at or below the federal minimum wage ($7.25 per hour in 2010) compared to any state, according to a report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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In 2010, about 550,000 Texans were working at or below minimum wage, or about 9.5 percent of all workers paid by the hour. Texas tied with Mississippi for the greatest percentage of minimum wage workers, while California had among the fewest.