Shocker: States With High Minimum Wage Also Have Highest Level Of Teen Unemployment

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“The minimum wage law is most properly described as a law saying that employers must discriminate against workers who have low skills,” said Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman. He was right.

The Employment Policies Institute has released a new report detailing teen unemployment in the various states for April of 2012. Based on that data, I created the spreadsheet below listing the states from highest teen unemployment to lowest and indicated which states have higher an elevated minimum wage (red for states above the federal minimum, blue for states at or below).

What the spreadsheet shows is a strong correlation between higher levels of teen unemployment and a higher minimum wage. Of the top 5 states in terms of teen unemployment, four have minimum wages higher than the federal standard. Of the bottom five states for teen unemployment, just one has a minimum wage higher than the federal standard.

Going further, of the 20 states with the lowest teen unemployment just 4 have a minimum wage above the federal level. Of the top 20 states for teen unemployment, nine have a minimum wage above the federal minimum.

Obviously, there are a lot of economic factors that go into unemployment numbers, but the strong relationship between a higher minimum wage and elevated unemployment rates among young and low-skill workers cannot be denied.

Far from helping entry-level workers, the minimum wage hurts them by acting as a defacto tax on low-wage workers. And anything you tax, you get less of.

Better more jobs at a lower wage than fewer jobs at a higher wage.

State Teen Unemployment Minimum Wage

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • http://nofreelunch.areavoices.com/ Kevin Flanagan

    The labor goonions are to blame for this; their contracts are indexed to the minimum wage.

  • WOOF

     There was a time women were at home and raised families.
     Fewer jobs at a higher wage, better than more jobs at lower wages.

    • two_amber_lamps

       Oh, most certainly correct!  That way the remainder who are unemployed end up on gov’t doles….  plays right into your concept of  utopia, hey comrade statist?

      • WOOF

        Lower wages are better than higher wages.
        The Republican platform.

        • Jfisher17

          No, the platform is lower taxes are better than higher taxes. Fixed it for you.

          • WOOF

            Lower taxes for the wealthiest, higher taxes,
            lower services for the rest.
            The Republican Fix.

          • robert108

            “The rich” pay almost all the taxes in this country, so enabling more people to be rich yields more for everybody, even the liberal drones.

          • WOOF

            “The rich” receive most of the income and have an even larger share of the wealth.

            “Thus, the top 20%
            of Americans owned 85% of the country’s wealth and the bottom 80% of the
            population owned 15%.n

             2007 the richest 1% of the American population owned 34.6% of the
            country’s total wealth, and the next 19% owned 50.5%. Thus, the top 20%
            of Americans owned 85% of the country’s wealth and the bottom 80% of the
            population owned 15%.”

          • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

            Let’s face it: People like poodle would rather people be dependent on government then self-sufficient.

          • Lianne

            The rich EARN most of the income.  The poor RECEIVE
            government checks limited in amount by the government.

          • robert108

            No, “the rich” EARN more income; and their wealth reflects their achievements.  The only thing stopping you from achieving is your belief in Marxism.

        • yy4u2

          Is a lower wage better than no wage? 

    • robert108

      More prosperity=more jobs=higher wages.
      Elect Romney to make America prosperous again!

      • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

        Big 180 McCain voter and Fabulous Willard flip flopper, the rich are richer, why have they failed to create American jobs?

        The more I investigate McCain, the more firmly I am convinced that I cannot vote for him, as a matter of principle.  He’s a shit sandwich I just refuse to eat.

        By robert108 on June 22, 2008 at 03:50 pm

        robert108

        …IMO, Romney is another McCain.  Do you want another McCain? 

        10/14/2011 06:40 PM in reply to Neiman

        • robert108

          When smacked with the truth, the lying left wing propagandist tries to change the subject.
          Vote Romney, Vote to make America prosperous again!

          • ellinas1

            Try the truth, little e.  I voted for Sarah, and had to eat the McCain shit sandwich to do so, a fact I clearly explained at the time.
            robert108 on August 3, 2009 at 08:55 pm 

            robert108 08/04/2011 10:27 PM in reply to ellinas1 One more time, idiot: tax rate cuts don’t “produce” jobs, profitable investments create jobs.  Allowing the earners to keep more of what they earn encourages investment, but obama’s vicious attacks on private sector profits, which pay for everything, kills investment and kills jobs.  So tax rate reductions are on part of it, but not the whole thing.  Again, you prove you know nothing.

          • robert108

            You’re welcome, liar.

        • ellinas1

          robert108 08/04/2011 10:27 PM in reply to ellinas1 
          One more time, idiot: tax rate cuts don’t “produce” jobs, profitable investments create jobs.  
          Allowing the earners to keep more of what they earn encourages investment, but obama’s vicious attacks on private sector profits, which pay for everything, 
          kills investment and kills jobs.  So tax rate reductions are on part of it, but not the whole thing.  Again, you prove you know nothing.

          • robert108

            When smacked with the truth, the left wing lying pederast tries to change the subject with impotent personal attack.

          • ellinas1

            Kenny in reply to robert108 1 person liked this. 

            I know you’re not seriously stupid enough to call people names and then whine about YOU getting called names. Admit it, you’re some Dem plant to make right wingers look stupid.

                   

          • robert108

            Wrong again.

          • ellinas1

            “You lie….”
            Neiman on 06/29/2011 in reply to robert180.

      • ellinas1

        For God’s sake grow up! I swear you act like a little girl crying and crying because your feelings are hurt and you probably cry to your mommie too.
        Everything you said were damnable lies: “Get off your temper tantrum and apologize for your treachery, if you want to be a man.”

        Neiman on 05/27/2012 in reply to econwarrior.

        • robert108

          A compulsive liar parrots the words of a traitor.

          • ellinas1

            “You lie….”
            Neiman on 06/29/2011 in reply to robert180.

  • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

    A perfect cartoon.

    • mickey_moussaoui

      performance art

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