Raising the minimum wage does not stop employment growth

Despite what opponents claim, the evidence shows that raising the minimum wage does not lead to job loss. Check out what the Economic Policy Institute has to say about raising the minimum wage nationally:

Based on the economic multiplier effect that results from putting additional income in the hands of lower-income workers, raising the minimum wage will likely have a modest but positive impact on job creation, leading to an additional 85,000 net new jobs when fully phased in. Lower-income earners spend their income more immediately, more completely, and more locally, than do higher income earners, and therefore generate more economic activity. Increasing the wages of 27.8 million workers by $35 billion over the phase-in period generates an additional GDP impact of $22 billion.1

This finding is consistent with the most recent, highly rigorous, peer-reviewed economic literature based on an analysis of real-world minimum wage increases across counties on state borders that shows essentially no disemployment effect resulting from raising the minimum wage.2” (Source: EPI)

 

Last time Pennsylvania raised the minimum wage, job creation continued well into the Great Recession, when the national economy collapsed:

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In fact, according to the Keystone Research Center raising the minimum wage to $10.10 would lead to the creation of 6,000 jobs across the state. That’s on top of increased wages for over 1.2 million Pennsylvania workers

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