Impact Of Minimum Wage On Employment

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Impact of Minimum Wage on Employment in the U.S
Introduction
Minimum wage refers to a minimum price that is basic and imposed by the government for a particular product or service. Minimum wage is set to ensure that people receive a fair wage for the jobs that they do. It is used to ensure that citizens of a nation can maintain a minimum quality of life. Different states have different minimum wage laws. There are some states that have no minimum wage laws at all, i.e., Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina and Tennessee. There are states whose minimum wage is lower than the federal wage and as such the federal minimum wage is used. These are Arkansas, Georgia, Minnesota, and Wyoming. There are states where the wage is higher than the federal government requirement including District of Columbia. At the start of 2017, 19 states had higher than federal minimum wage with Washington being the state with the highest at $11 per hour (National Conference of State Legislation, 2017).
The set-up of jobs that take a minimum wage is disadvantageous to the worker. Low wage work is a trap for the workers because the employers have to get out everything from them for hours being paid for. As such, these people have no time to gain skills that can help them move up the ladder and the skills that they can learn do not offer any vertical mobility rather they offer horizontal mobility, and they also have no time to search for better-paying jobs (Smith and Haplin, n.d.). This

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