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.

See also: McDonalds Is Replacing Human Cashiers With Digital Kiosks In 5,500 Locations: Here Is Its Math

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  • Drunk_by_Noon

    These layoffs were coming anyway as many of these employers are unwilling to employ anyone but illegals for these low-end and entry level jobs.
    The minimum wage increase just hastened the process.
    I’m of mixed feelings on a higher minimum wage.
    In a free labor market I’d be more against it. In a labor market flooded by illegals, I’d say that it might be necessary unless we are willing to accept a third world existence as part of our society.

    • Alain

      I doubt those hiring illegals will be paying them the minimum wage, since the illegals cannot complain. As long as there is not a serious cost/fine for people hiring illegals, the racket will continue. At least that is my take.

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        That’s another myth.
        Illegals DO complain about being paid less than minimum wage, and have for the last 30-years, and they get awarded large judgments and are not deported.
        They get hired because no one else will work those jobs for $8.00 an hour, and so they fill the place with illegal Mexicans and then forever after will hire nobody else but Spanish speaking Mexicans and Central Americans because of “communication” issues. as many of their employees ONLY speak Spanish.

        • Alain

          Then the whole bloody system is corrupt is all I can say. Logic would have it that authorities would be quick to deport the illegal who would have exposed himself by filing a complaint. It is a lot worse than I thought.

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            If they are not afraid to apply for welfare and agitate for free school lunches, they would not be afraid to report violations to the labor board.

          • Alain

            Wow, unbelievable!

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            Yes, it is unbelievable.
            Oh, and I forgot, in-state tuition that cuts the cost of college by a lot.

          • Alain

            If I understand it correctly there seems to be little point in having federal immigration laws if states and local authorities are freely allowed to break them. There must be a way to put an end to such nonsense.

  • Brett_McS

    Steve Crowder is releasing a video this week where he and ‘not-gay’ Gerard go to a pick up spot for illegal alien jobs … and undercut their rate.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      I saw that and it was funny as hell.

  • DMB

    With minimum wage in Ontario going up to $15.00 hour one consequence of it will be the government increasing welfare benefits to compensate for inflation. The Ontario Liberal government believes that welfare benefits should be HIRE not lower than earning a part time minimum wage job. That does not even include child benefits, free dental and other benefits that someone earning minimum wage would not receive. So really there is no longer any incentive for anyone who is low income to work anymore especially for economic migrants.