Work Step by Step
The broken-line graph shows that the minimum hourly wage (in dollars) increases to above 5.00 for the first time in 1997. The minimum hourly wage in 1996 is 4.75 (which is the y-coordinate associated with the year 1996). The minimum hourly wage in 1997 is 5.15. Therefore, the minimum hourly wage jumped .40 in 1997 to 5.15, which is the first year with a corresponding y-coordinate above 5.00.