Study: Raising the Minimum Wage Does Not Kill Jobs

“A significant body  of academic research has found that raising the minimum wage does not  result in job losses even during hard economic times. There are at least five different academic studies focusing on increases to the minimum wage made during periods of high unemployment—with unemployment rates ranging from 7 percent to 12.3 percent—that find an increase in the minimum wage has no significant effect on employment levels. The results are  likely because the boost in demand and reduction in turnover provided by a minimum wage counteracts the higher wage costs.

Similarly, a simple analysis of increases to the minimum wage on the  state level, even during periods of state unemployment rates above 8  percent, shows that the minimum wage does not kill jobs. Indeed the  states in our simple analysis had job growth slightly above the national  average.”

Read the study at:

http://www.americanprogressaction.org/issues/2012/06/minimum_wage.html

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