Proposals to increase the minimum wage again have yet to garner
network coverage, but initial newspaper coverage is not encouraging.
According to staff writer Elizabeth Shogren, in the January 13
Los Angeles Times, President Clinton was considering "another
increase in the minimum wage to give the working poor a bigger stake
in the vibrant economy, White House officials said Monday."
She called liberals who support the increase "advocates for the
working poor," and while noting that economists think minimum- wage
hikes destroy entry-level jobs, she then added that there "has been
scant evidence that the last minimum wage increase has caused
significant job losses, and inflation remains at its lowest level in
That may have been true on January 13, but the Employment
Policies Institute has since then released a study that comes to a
different conclusion. The Institute found that during the first 11
months after the increase in the minimum wage to $4.75 per hour,
employment for those aged 16-19 dropped .14 percent. The male teen
employment rate dropped .6 percent, with black male teen employment
falling a full percentage point. This was at the same time that a
booming economy increased employment by .7 percent overall, the
Will broadcast news stories, and future print stories, about
minimum-wage proposals include the Institute’s study?