- The percentage of part-time workers paid at or below the minimum wage rose from 5 to 14 percent.
- The percentage of teenage workers paid at or below the minimum wage rose from 7 to 25 percent
- (comparing 2007 to 2010 with a rise from $5.15 to $7.25 at the beginning.)
Don't count on the Democratic Congress or the Democratic president ( who has trouble with numbers to begin with) to change the minimum wage to improve employment conditions.
While we are on this subject, I was in San Francisco in the early 90s when my clients could not hire any body because the labor market was so tight. Small businesses were often forced to hire employees who were relatives and retirees in those circumstances.
This is a reality again, it is pervasive among the businesses I currently deal with. Yet the unemployment data for San Francisco registers 9% unemployment. Most businesses can not find people to fill job opennings.
I cannot explain this phenomenon.