Other views: The fallout from minimum wage increases – Editorials

A University of Washington study of the fallout from Seattle’s sharp increase in the minimum wage may have grim implications for the big increases now being phased in in California.

From 2014 to this year, Seattle raised its minimum wage from $9.47 to $15 an hour, a 58 percent increase. The study found that last year — when the minimum wage reached $13 an hour — job losses mounted and the number of hours went down in affected industries, costing the average low-wage worker about $125 a month. This contradicted previous studies which generally showed little or no effect from modest minimum-wage hikes.

Source: Other views: The fallout from minimum wage increases – Editorials – East Oregonian