Nonsequitur: Raising the Minimum Wage Also Raises the Unemployment Rate

March 31, 2014

A new study by American Action Forum reviewed the impact of state minimum wages higher than current federal rate ($7.25/hr) in 2013. Researchers looked at 19 states and found that for every $1 above the federal rate, states experienced a 1% increase in overall unemployment and a 4% increase in teen unemployment. They also found a negative job creation effect from raising minimum wages. Read the complete study here.


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