Virginia is getting a better picture of hourly and minimum wage workers throughout the state.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics is set to release a report Wednesday on the number of hourly-paid workers in Virginia by sex, as well as how Virginia compares to other states and how the minimum wage situation has changed over time.
Officials say that of the 73.9 million American workers age 16 and over paid at hourly rates in 2011, 5.2 percent earned wages at or below the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.
In Virginia, nearly 1.7 million workers were paid at hourly rates in 2011 and 7.1 percent of them were paid at or below the federal minimum wage. That was down from 7.9 percent in 2010.