This belief, as most sane people are well aware of, is based on complete nonsense.
In fact, companies like GAP, which recently announced that they would be raising their minimum wage to $10 an hour, has already noticed an increase in applicants since their announcement. And applying a little common sense to that fact, more applicants means a better selection of employees, which then often leads to better production (and lower turnover) for the company.
Better production, happier employees, lower turnover – all lead to better revenue.
Well, a study released by the Center for Economic and Policy Research tracked the job growth of 13 states (Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Missouri, Montana, Ohio, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington state). All of these states saw increases to their state’s minimum wage, either by legislation (Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island) or through inflation increases (Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Missouri, Montana, Ohio, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington states).
What they found was that all but one of those thirteen states saw job increases. Not only that, but 9 of the 13 saw increases above the national average.
“Of the 13 states that increased their minimum wage in early 2014, all but one (New Jersey) are seeing employment gains. Furthermore, nine of the remaining 12 states are above the median for this period. The average change in employment for the 13 states that increased their minimum wage is +0.99% while the remaining states have an average employment change of +0.68%.”
So much for that whole “a higher minimum wage kills job creation” argument.
Now, does this study tell us that without a doubt raising the minimum wage will increase job production? No. There are states above the national average for job creation that didn’t see increases to their minimum wage.
But what it does tell us is that raising the minimum wage doesn’t hurt job creation, and in fact it might actually help it.
Besides, that’s just what common sense tells us.
When employees are paid better, they tend to work harder. They’re more loyal, productive and have better attitudes. This all helps the company save money (lower turnover) and also helps increase revenue (better production).
But even with all of this evidence showing positive links to minimum wage increases, there are still fools out there who oppose even the minimum wage itself, much less any talks of raising it.