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A new study from Jordan Brennan and Jim Stanford for the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives examines the relationship between jobs and minimum wage increases in all ten of Canada’s provinces between 1983 and 2012. They find “almost no evidence of any connection whatsoever between higher minimum wages and employment levels in Canada.” When they did find a connection, “it is almost as likely to be positive as negative,” they write, meaning that a higher wage was just as likely to be find to boost jobs as to hurt them. They find that rather jobs are “overwhelmingly” determined by other factors, such as demand and GDP growth, and not the minimum wage.
Between January and May of this year, states that raised their minimum wages on January 1 have experienced faster employment growth than states where it didn’t go up. Washington, the state with the highest wage, has seen steady job growth above the national rate in the 15 years since it raised its wage. It was at the top of the list this year of states that saw the biggest increases in small business employment. The United States’s minimum wage hasn’t been raised in five years and has lost so much of its value to inflation over the years that it would be at $10 an hour if it had kept up. Many states have increased their own wages, however, with ten doing so this year.
The United States’s minimum wage hasn’t been raised in five years and has lost so much of its value to inflation over the years that it would be at $10 an hour if it had kept up. Many states have increased their own wages, however, with ten doing so this year.
1.6 million Americans earned the prevailing federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour in 2012.
originally posted by: AlaskanDad
a reply to: SaneThinking
More opinion, yet you never addressed my questions, let me make it simpler.
How low do you feel minimum wage should be and why?
originally posted by: SaneThinking
Always a push to give away more money but never a push to make the people making it accountable for that wage.
I'm all for people being able to live and get bye but as I have asked many times where do we stop giving away and constantly increasing and start forcing people to be accountable. Live within their means, realize that a job at minimum wage is a starter position, a lead into something better.
Why do so many make out like a minimum wage job is the end all, and they must get paid more for the menial service provided. How about increase your potential learn new skills, make yourself readily available for training, look for advancement within a company.
But no, never make a person learn, become more useful, provide something besides just enough to get bye, that after all would be pro-active and maybe create a progressive society, but alas too many out there still following the "AMERIKAN WAY" of creating money out of thin air and just giving it away.
I live in CANADA as you can see from my profile and we have one of the most useless entitled looking for handouts socialist group of morons up here touting the same ideals.
Always spouting off about we need to give away more money for nothing, what they never answer though is why?/ why continue every 4 or so years to just increase the wage while all the while never once increasing the use of the people your giving more money too?
I have worked construction for the majority of my life you work "HARD" , "LEARN" your wages increase!!! Sit around waiting for the next GOV. administered hand out to the lazy and uninspired continue to get paid dirt.
Honestly pretty simple when you pull your head outta your ass!!! Really it is!!
originally posted by: AlaskanDad
And please stay on topic "Minimum Wage", not Obama care nor role of the government, both are interesting you may wish to start your own thread on them.