City raises minimum wage so ‘restaurants cut 1,300 jobs’

Metro

minwage Click to enlarge (Picture: American Enterprise Institute)

A city which moved to increase the minimum wage might have contributed towards a reduction in jobs, according to recent employment figures.

Last year Seattle passed a law which said the minimum wage will gradually be raised to $15 (£9.64) an hour.

So far the minimum wage has only been raised to $11 an hour, however research from the American Enterprise Institute, a centre-right think tank closely linked to George W Bush, shows that since this change there has been a decline in restaurant employment.

These 1,300 jobs being cut between January and June of this year is the largest job loss in the city since the Global Recession in 2008/09.

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Restaurants are believed to be looking a little bit more empty (Picture; Pexels) Restaurants are believed to be looking a little bit more empty (Picture: Pexels)

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