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Job growth picks up in states that raised minimum wage (barf alert)
http://www.foxnews.com ^ | july 19, 2014 | AP/Fox News

Posted on 07/20/2014 1:51:17 PM PDT by lowbridge

But the state-by-state hiring data, released Friday by the Labor Department, provides ammunition to those who disagree. Economists who support a higher minimum say the figures are encouraging, though they acknowledge they don't establish a cause and effect. There are many possible reasons hiring might accelerate in a particular state.

"It raises serious questions about the claims that a raise in the minimum wage is a jobs disaster," said John Schmitt, a senior economist at the liberal Center for Economic and Policy Research. The job data "isn't definitive," he added, but is "probably a reasonable first cut at what's going on."

Just last week, Obama cited the better performance by the 13 states in support of his proposal for boosting the minimum wage nationwide.

"When ... you raise the minimum wage, you give a bigger chance to folks who are climbing the ladder, working hard.... And the whole economy does better, including businesses," Obama said in Denver.

In the 13 states that boosted their minimums at the beginning of the year, the number of jobs grew an average of 0.85 percent from January through June. The average for the other 37 states was 0.61 percent.

Nine of the 13 states increased their minimum wages automatically in line with inflation: Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Missouri, Montana, Ohio, Oregon, Vermont and Washington. Four more states — Connecticut, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island — approved legislation mandating the increases.

Twelve of those states have seen job growth this year, while employment in Vermont has been flat. The number of jobs in Florida has risen 1.6 percent this year, the most of the 13 states with higher minimums. Its minimum rose to $7.93 an hour from $7.79 last year.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: minimumwage

1 posted on 07/20/2014 1:51:17 PM PDT by lowbridge
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To: lowbridge

At what level of statistical significance?


2 posted on 07/20/2014 1:52:59 PM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (This is known as "bad luck". - Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

Ask the labor department. Theyre the ones cooking the books.


3 posted on 07/20/2014 1:54:44 PM PDT by lowbridge
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To: lowbridge

Let me guess, most of these jobs are PT jobs that maybe will get 15-20 hrs/wk?


4 posted on 07/20/2014 1:55:54 PM PDT by matt04
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To: lowbridge

Here in Florida I added 8 employees ....all part time at minimum wage...to replace the 4 full time $1.00 above minimum wage positions that Obamacare encouraged me to eliminate.


5 posted on 07/20/2014 1:59:25 PM PDT by festusbanjo (November 6, 2012, the day America died. It was a good run.)
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To: lowbridge

No it didn’t.


6 posted on 07/20/2014 2:00:55 PM PDT by Tzimisce
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To: lowbridge

So let’s raise the minimum wage to $50/hour.


7 posted on 07/20/2014 2:06:30 PM PDT by PGR88
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

Part time lower paying jobs picked up since the full-time better paid employees were let go/cut back to part time and businesses still had labor hours to fill.

Plus they omit mention of and the normal adjustment for the summer seasonal jobs increase.


8 posted on 07/20/2014 2:12:49 PM PDT by Mechanicos (When did we amend the Constitution for a 2nd Federal Prohibition?)
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To: Mechanicos

replacing 2 full time workers with 3 part time workers is “growth” to the left.


9 posted on 07/20/2014 2:14:30 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: lowbridge

Why is Fox reporting this convoluted clap trap?


10 posted on 07/20/2014 2:15:41 PM PDT by mylife
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
no kidding..especially in light of this - FL went up 14 cents an hour ?:

The number of jobs in Florida has risen 1.6 percent this year, the most of the 13 states with higher minimums. Its minimum rose to $7.93 an hour from $7.79 last year.
11 posted on 07/20/2014 2:15:53 PM PDT by stylin19a (Obama ----> Fredo smart)
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To: lowbridge
Job growth picks up

Sure. What kind of jobs? How does raising the minimum wage create jobs? How much of the workforce really benefits?

12 posted on 07/20/2014 2:19:24 PM PDT by windsorknot
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To: lowbridge

That’ll last until this time next week when they realize the cost of living in those areas increased right along with the min wage increase.


13 posted on 07/20/2014 2:41:16 PM PDT by bgill
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To: lowbridge

How many are full time jobs?


14 posted on 07/20/2014 2:49:30 PM PDT by Lorianne (fedgov, taxporkmoney)
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To: bgill
I was in Australia in early June. There was a LOT of talk on the news channels there about the need to raise the minimum wage because it isn't "a living wage"... just like here. EVERYTHING there is very expensive. The exchange rate at the time was within 4 cents of being at parity.

Oh, did I mention, the minimum wage there is about $20 / hour.

ALL raising the minimum wage does is increase the cost of everything and those getting minimum wage end up no better off than they were before!

WHEN will someone with intelligence find their way into government service?

15 posted on 07/20/2014 2:54:49 PM PDT by KenD
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To: festusbanjo

I’ve worked at minimum wage jobs when I was still working and every time the minimum wage was raised our hours were cut


16 posted on 07/20/2014 3:14:50 PM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: KenD

And those making above minimum wage slowly slip into poverty. It’s war against the middle class, who the elites in power truly fear, the middle class is pure power when organized. If minwage sets the floor of the cost of living, and minwage is $1, I make $10, I make 10x minwage and live comfortably. Raise it +$5, if I don’t receive an adjustment I’m making less than 2x minwage, prices soar, I become much poorer as the floor has just been slammed upward. (Even w/adjustment of +5 I’m only 3x minwage.)


17 posted on 07/20/2014 3:40:06 PM PDT by John Robinson
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To: lowbridge

Obama voids law of gravity in states that raise minimum wage... If we’re going to lie, let’s make it a good one, eh?


18 posted on 07/20/2014 3:40:57 PM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: lowbridge

I’ve always had a little trouble feeling sorry for someone who lives in an area where there are no jobs. I understand not wanting to leave your family to work elsewhere but there are jobs available in other parts of the country and it doesn’t have to be forever. They should haul their butts up to North Dakota or West Texas and work in the oil patch. Sometimes you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do. Think about our guys in the military who go off and leave their families while they are deployed.


19 posted on 07/20/2014 3:49:51 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: KenD

Raising the min wage is worse than leaving it be because every dime you have in savings gets chopped.


20 posted on 07/20/2014 5:12:59 PM PDT by bgill
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To: lowbridge

Same baloney as with the other job statistics - lots more part-time and temporary jobs - NJ was probably one of those that raised the minimum wage (by vote last fall) - but most jobs we’ve seen lately have been summer jobs at the shore and picking produce - wait until the four casinos in Atlantic City close later this year and those 7000 plush jobs go bust.....


21 posted on 07/20/2014 9:19:45 PM PDT by Intolerant in NJ
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To: Intolerant in NJ

Recently announced in one retail store all employees go part-time and will work 4hr. shifts.... Management is resisting.

Managers taken of salary and put on hourly.


22 posted on 07/20/2014 9:23:10 PM PDT by caww
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