At the End of the Progressive Rainbow: Layoffs After Minimum Wage Hikes

June 14, 2016

There are few cities in the US more liberal than Washington D.C. so it wasn’t surprising when the mayor and city council raised the minimum wage from $8.25/hr to $11.50/hr.  What is surprising, to some, are the results of the wage hike.  A study by the Employment Studies Institute shows that about half of employers surveyed either reduced worker hours or laid off workers in response.  (How did the city respond?  They raised the minimum even higher.) This and other studies from the institute on the negative effects of a large minimum wage boost are available here.


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