Conservatives Warned Seattle This Would Happen When They Raised Their Minimum Wage To $15 Per Hour

The least surprising thing you’ll read all year is a report of what has happened to the low-wage jobs in Seattle after the city outlawed work paying less than $15 per hour.

Naturally, there are now a lot more people lacking employment because the government has priced them out of the labor market. Shocking, we know.

Yeah, we notice how fat those protestors are who are looking for a $15 minimum wage, too.

Attention, Gov. Cuomo: It’s time to rethink your “fight for $15.”

Spiking the minimum wage statewide may appeal to a Democrat eyeing a future run for national office. But it’s a bad idea for New York.

Don’t believe us? Look how it’s working out in real life at a town already en route to a $15 minimum — Seattle.

An American Enterprise Institute report sums up the results.

Spoiler alert: It’s not pretty.

Seattle passed its $15 law in June 2014. Starting last April, it raised the minimum from $9.32 (the state minimum wage) to $10 for certain business, $11 for others.

Increases to $12, $12.50 and $13 an hour began taking effect for most employers this Jan. 1. The jumps will continue until the minimum hits the full $15 an hour in 2017 for some before it’s universal in 2019.

Yet even the early impact is harsh.

The AEI study, worked up from Bureau of Labor Statistics’ monthly surveys, shows that, between April and December last year, Seattle saw the biggest employment drop in any nine-month period since 2009 — a full year into the Great Recession.

The city unemployment rate rose a full percentage point.

Before the minimum-wage hikes begin, Seattle employment tracked the rest of the nation — slowly rising from the 2008-09 bottom. But it started to plunge last spring, as the new law began to kick in.

Furthermore, Seattle’s loss of 10,000 jobs in just the three months of September, October and November was a record for any three-month period dating back to 1990.

Meanwhile, employment outside the city limits — which had long tracked the rate in Seattle proper — was soaring by 57,000 and set a new record high that November.

If you’re looking for a good explanation for why Seattle’s choice was so stupid, economist David Henderson did an excellent one on video for Prager University a couple of years ago…

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