Study of Seat­tle’s $15 min­i­mum wage re­ports it costs jobs

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SEAT­TLE | Seat­tle’s $15-an-hour min­i­mum wage law has cost the city jobs, ac­cord­ing to a study re­leased Mon­day that con­tra­dicts an­other study pub­lished last week.

A Univer­sity of Wash­ing­ton team study­ing the law’s ef­fects found that the law has boosted pay in low-wage jobs since it took ef­fect in 2015, but that it also caused a 9 per­cent re­duc­tion in hours worked, The Seat­tle Times re­ported. For an av­er­age low-wage Seat­tle worker, that’s a loss of about $125

per month, the study said.

“If you’re a low-skilled worker with one of those jobs, $125 a month is a siz­able amount of money,” said Mark Long, one of the au­thors. “It can be the dif­fer­ence be­tween be­ing able to pay your rent and not be­ing able to pay your rent.”

There would be about 5,000 more low-wage jobs in the city with­out the law, the study es­ti­mated.

Seat­tle was one of the first U.S. cities to adopt a $15 min­i­mum wage law, and its ex­pe­ri­ence is be­ing closely watched as other cities have fol­lowed suit and as ad­vo­cates push for a higher fed­eral min­i­mum wage.

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