Job loss from minimum wage hikes quantified – news not good

From Paul Jacob at Townhall:

Activists and politicians have been pushing big increases in the minimum wage in cities around the country. Seattle, Washington, has been one of those, establishing an $11.00/hour legal minimum in April of 2015, then raising that minimum by two dollars in 2016. The City of Seattle commissioned a study of “the wage, employment, and hours effects of the first and second phase-in of the Seattle Minimum Wage Ordinance,” and it shows clear results.

While the first hike had somewhat ambiguous results, the second hike led to a 9 percent reduction in hours worked at wages below $19/hour. That is a major finding.

And there’s more. More.

Reality check: You bet there’s more. Laid-off minimum wage workers will be in the increasingly dangerous position of not being needed at all, as opposed to simply having a low social status but being needed.

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