The $15 minimum wage was supposed to bring about the 'restaurant apocalypse.' Here's how 5 major cities are faring so far.
- Restaurants employ more minimum-wage workers than any other industry.
- With the movement to increase wages across the country, economists worried the policies would kill jobs and raise prices.
- So far, five cities that have raised wages had little change in employment after the policies went into effect.
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Here's how increased minimum wages have impacted the restaurant industries of New York City, Seattle, the Bay Area, Chicago, and Washington DC.
New York City's restaurant industry outperformed the rest of the US in job growth and expansion since it began raising wages in 2013.
Seattle voted to raise minimum wages to $15 an hour back in 2015. The hike had little impact on restaurant closures, but led to higher prices and shorter workdays.
The rising minimum wage had little to no effect on the restaurant industry in the Bay Area.
Washington, DC, voted to raise the minimum wage for restaurant workers, but city lawmakers stopped it from ever happening.
Five years ago, Chicago voted to raise minimum wages to $13 by 2019. After increasing wages from $10 to $10.50, the city saw little change in employment.
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