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Minimum wage plans hurt U.S. jobs: CBO report

English.news.cn   2014-02-19 11:00:53

WASHINGTON, Feb. 18 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama's plan to raise the minimum wage to 10.10 U.S. dollars per hour would cost 500,000 jobs in 2016, according to a report released by the Congressional Budget Office on Tuesday.

The increased earnings for some workers would be accompanied by reductions in real (inflation-adjusted) income for the people who became jobless because of the minimum-wage increase, for business owners, and for consumers facing higher prices.

The report also found that hiking the minimum wage would raise income for about 16.5 million workers by 31 billion dollars, potentially pulling nearly 1 million people out of poverty.

However, Council of Economic Advisers Chairman Jason Furman wrote in a blog post that CBO's estimates of the impact of raising the minimum wage on employment did not reflect the current consensus view of economists.

"The bulk of academic studies, have concluded that the effects on employment of minimum wage increases in the range now under consideration are likely to be small to nonexistent," he wrote.

Obama signed an executive order formally raising the minimum wage for federal workers last Wednesday. He also pressed the Congress to match the executive order with an equivalent hike to the federal minimum wage.

However, his call faces resistance from Republicans who argue that raising minimum wage would hurt business. Some Democrats have also been reluctant to embrace it.


Obama calls on Congress to raise federal minimum wage

WASHINGTON, Feb. 15 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama on Saturday called on the Congress to pass a bill to raise the federal minimum wage for all workers.

In his weekly address, Obama said while the U.S. economy has been growing for four years, Americans' "average wages have barely budged". Raising federal minimum wage would lift millions of Americans out of poverty, increase consumer spending and benefit the whole economy, he argued. Full story

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