Thursday, August 27, 2015

Republicans wrong again about Minimum Wage hike killing jobs!

At every opportunity, it's important to point out how wrong Republicans are about almost everything. Heck, we even knew they were wrong at the time about the minimum wage killing jobs, and said so. Actual real world proof wasn't enough for them, remember? 

So here we go again, with a dose of reality:
New data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) disproves allegations promoted by Fox News that the 2015 increase in Seattle's minimum wage has destroyed restaurant jobs. Media Matters debunked an anti-minimum wage report produced by the conservative American Enterprise Institute (AEI) and promoted by Fox News that relied on cherry-picked data to allege that Seattle's decision to increase its minimum wage to $11 per hour in 2015 was negatively affecting the city's job market. But as all of us on the left safely predicted:
The BLS report pointed to a less than 1 percent change in total food service employment after the wage increase went into effect on April 1 as proof of the right-wing media myth that raising wages hurts more workers than it helps.

Now, newly-released data from the BLS reveals that Seattle's food service industry has actually added 1,800 jobs since the start of the year, despite the higher wage:

Of course these actual numbers, disproving right wing lies, are "liberal" and made up by me....

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