STUDY: States with Higher Minimum Wage Have Had Less Employment Loss During the Great Recession
Because attempts to increase the minimum wage are being met head on by the GOP talking point that doing so would cause employers to cut jobs and hours, the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center looked at two decades of data in their recent report, The Minimum Wage and Job Creation.
The study found that minimum wage increases have not had a negative effect on employment in New England.
In Massachusetts alone, the minimum wage has increased six times since 1995. During this period, growth in industries with concentrations of high minimum wage earners has been higher than total employment.