The bluest skies you’ve ever seen in Seattle
And the hills the greenest green in Seattle
Like a beautiful child growing up free and wild
Full of hopes and full of fears Full of laughter full of tears
Full of dreams to last the years in Seattle In Seattle
As cities across the country pushed their minimum wages to untested heights in recent years, some economists began to ask: How high is too high?Seattle, with its highest-in-the-country minimum wage, may have hit that limit.In January 2016, Seattle’s minimum wage jumped from $11 an hour to $13 for large employers, the second big increase in less than a year.New research released Monday by a team of economists at the University of Washington suggests the wage hike may have come at a significant cost:The increase led to steep declines in employment for low-wage workers, and a drop in hours for those who kept their jobs.Crucially, the negative impact of lost jobs and hours more than offset the benefits of higher wages — on average, low-wage workers earned $125 per month less because of the higher wage, a small but significant decline.
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