From World Magazine:
David Neumark, director of the Center for Economics and Public Policy at the University of California, Irvine, said no "sensible economist" would argue for a doubling of the minimum wage. The question is: What do incremental increases do to employment? Neumark said a consensus view is emerging that a 10 percent increase in the minimum wage reduces employment among lowest-skilled groups by 1 percent to 2 percent. Look no farther for evidence of the negative effects of a high minimum wage than Washington and the other states raising the minimum wage: Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Montana, Ohio, Oregon, and Vermont. All eight states have minimum wages above the federal minimum wage of $7.25. Seven of these eight states already have unemployment rates above the national median.

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