Study: Seat­tle min­i­mum wage hasn’t cut restau­rant jobs

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SEAT­TLE | A new study says Seat­tle’s $15-an-hour min­i­mum wage law has boosted pay for restau­rant work­ers with­out cost­ing jobs.

The re­port, from the Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Berke­ley, is cer­tain to add to the de­bate as ac­tivists around the coun­try push for in­creases in lo­cal, state and fed­eral min­i­mum wages.

The re­port fo­cused on food ser­vice jobs, which some crit­ics said could be dis­pro­por­tion­ately af­fected if in­creased wages forced restau­rants to cut work­ers’ hours. The re­port’s au­thor, Michael Re­ich, says that hasn’t been the case.

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