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Still Working Well: Washington's Minimum Wage and the Beginnings of Economic Recovery

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Publication Date: January 2004

Publisher(s): Economic Opportunity Institute

Author(s): Marilyn P. Watkins

Topic: Labor (Labor conditions, wages, salaries, and benefits)

Keywords: Cost of living; Minimum Wage; Inflation

Type: Fact sheet

Coverage: Washington

Abstract:

Reviews criticisms of Washington's groundbreaking minimum wage law, specifically refuting a suggested causal connection between the state's relatively high minimum wage and a higher than average unemployment rate. Offers statistical proof that Washington has lost jobs at a lower rate than the national average, and that those losses occurred in high-wage manufacturing sectors not impacted by increases in the minimum wage.