In a city with the highest minimum wage in the country, Seattle workers are increasingly unemployed and underemployed, according to new research from the University of Washington.
Seattle hiked its minimum wage from $11 to $13 in January 2016, marking the city’s second minimum wage increase in less than a year. Economists found that a $13 minimum wage resulted in declines for low-income workers as well as fewer hours for those who kept their jobs. Higher wages didn’t mitigate losses for these workers, with the study finding that “total payroll fell for such jobs, implying that the minimum wage ordinance lowered low-wage employees’ earnings by an average of $125 per month in 2016.”
Glenn Beck, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere weren’t surprised by the result on Monday’s “The Glenn Beck Radio Program.”
“We mentioned all of this,” Glenn said.
Back in 2015, Glenn said imposing a high minimum wage on businesses was “the opposite of the American dream” in reference to Seattle’s attempts to raise the minimum wage. Stu pointed out at the time that the “livable wage” myth is an absurd talking point because people won’t have any wages when businesses have to close and they don’t have jobs.
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