That is why I used the Federal minimum wage in both instances to keep the comparison apples to apples. Same for the inflation rate. Prices are not uniform across the country. I can travel 56 miles west and at times, pay up to $.50 less for a gallon of gasoline. So I used the Federal rates for all. The problem with using any governmental data is that there is a political factor involved, particularly in the minimum wage and is not determined by economic factors alone.