San Diego tried to hike up minimum wage and it resulted in thousands of expected jobs disappearing into thin air…

The state of California increased their minimum wage this year to $10.50, but San Diego didn’t think that was enough. San Diego decided to up their minimum wage all the way to $11.50 per hour and there have been some serious consequences mainly in the restaurant industry.

According to The San Diego Union-Tribune, the restaurant industry in San Diego County suffered a loss of about 4,000 jobs.

California has now decided they’re going to raise the minimum wage in the state to $15 per hour by 2023. The Governor of California doesn’t think it really makes sense, but he approved the wage hike anyway. New York’s Governor Cuomo also

New York’s Governor Cuomo also plans to raise the minimum wage to $15.

Now, we’re seeing the consequences of a minimum wage hike in San Diego that robbed the restaurant industry of thousands of jobs and caused price increases and reductions in services – and it isn’t anywhere near the $15 mark it’s expected to hit.

Here is what Obama’s economic policy adviser said about the thought of a $15/hour minimum wage…

“Although the plight of low-wage workers is a national tragedy, the push for a nationwide $15 minimum wage strikes me as a risk not worth taking, especially because other tools, such as the earned-income tax credit, can be used in combination with a higher minimum wage to improve the livelihoods of low-wage workers.”

The San Diego Union-Tribune sourced these graphs from the Bureau of Labor Statistics which show the trend of San Diego County as opposed to the rest of the state after the minimum wage hike…

The San-Diego Union-Tribune spoke to Lynn Reaser, chief economist at the Fermanian Business & Economic Institute at Point Loma Nazarene University.

“Although restaurant employees who are able to retain their jobs or secure employment will be better off, others will find it more difficult to find work… People with any kind of criminal record, unskilled, uneducated, or any homeless job seekers will find it more difficult.”

Lynn Reaser alleges that the impact to the actual city of San Diego could be even more drastic than this data shows…

“It should be noted that this relates to data for the county of San Diego… The impact on jobs in the city, where the wage hike was implemented, could be even larger.”

The San Diego Union-Tribune spoke to a restaurant manager in San Diego about the impact the wage hike was having on his business…

“Yes, we have raised menu prices. Yes, we’re going to raise them again,” said Jim Phillips, general manager of Studio Diner in Kearny Mesa, who has nonetheless cut staffing from 71 to 65 employees and needs to shed seven more. He’s studying changes like eliminating bussers and greeters, and requiring servers to also clear dishes in smaller sections while keeping an eye on the entrance to help customers.

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Sources:
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Reason

  • BeavertonSteve

    How in the world is a seventeen year old kid supposed to get a job anymore? Nobody is going to pay them this kind of money. I learned more about real life from busing tables, washing dishes, and spending nights running copy jobs than I ever did from college.

    I feel bad for kids today. They are basically set up to fail.

    • Bill Rowland

      Most kids these days were set up to fail early on. Now 18 year olds have no motivation to do anything but satisfy their childish needs. Video games, cell phones, tattoos and hookups.

      • Jim Southerland

        Sadly, i agree with you. However, my 15 year old grandson has been mowing yards in his fourth year. He now has a job at a country club for this summer, but will still mow 8-10 yards evenings and weekend. If the rest of my grandkids were this industrious, I could retire right now.

        • Plumpkitters

          good for ur grandson it does a body good to do all that (as a teen i did roofing,siding, hardwood flooring, maintain air system in man made lake (had to repair pumps run lines and such) small engine repair, car engine repair and just about any oddjobs around neighborhood…. i busted my ass so me and friends could have fun each weekend… i worked all week back then… then age 18 and car accident happened now i cant lift as well… at age 16 i was carrying over 300lbs of tools and parts at once

          • johnny_hopper

            Your grandson is the type of kid who will always have a good job and know how to make money while all the rest depend on handouts(which is exactly what a $15/hr. wage hike amounts to). Good your your young man. Best Wishes.

    • Unmutual

      A 17 year old kid is not supposed to get a job. Real work is in direct opposition to their feelings. Young people today need to feel special. They need to have their feelings validated. They need praise, a gold star and a trophy. For what you ask? It does not matter. They exist and that is all that matters. Work takes them away from anything that helps their self-esteem.

      And if these kids are white, then they need to be repentant from their privilege, meaning these jobs need to go to immigrants and people of color. And if the kids are minorities or immigrants, then they come from oppressive backgrounds and should not be required to feel the indignities of a minimum wage job. They need government programs in the name of social justice.

      • freenclear

        My sarcasm meter just fucking imploded.

        • Jim Southerland

          Dittos, but in sarcasm or not, unmutual is right. Kids don’t understand where money comes from any more.

          • Unmutual

            Jim, you understand. My comment had some sarcasm, but think about it. How far from reality was my comment?

            Kids today do not understand the value of work. They are being sold a bunch of baloney about a “living wage” without a moments thought about economics or market value. And bureaucrats and politicians inject race into everything.

            But back to the original point of the article, some jobs and some unskilled people are just not worth a $15 per hour wage. Heck, they may not even be worth half that. But let’s force businesses to pay them more than they are worth, all in the name of social justice.

          • Joe Fucile

            Not only do most kids not understand the value of work or the reasoning behind getting a good work ethic; we have dumb shit adults who think that burger flipper and barista are career jobs that deserve a ‘living wage’.

            it never enters their vapid echo chamber between their ears that these jobs aren’t made to support a family and they should get a real fucking career before they have a family. Instead we are strapped with them clamoring for jobs that kids should be doing and expecting everyone else to make up for the monetary shortfall that came around from their lack of ambition and piss poor life decision making skills.

          • Jim Southerland

            You were spot on. When the government mandates $15 per hour, employers are going to automate and find people worth $15 to run the machines. The pool souls who are only worth $7 per hour, will be left unemployed and unemployable.

            If you are waiting on the government to give you a raise, you have made some very poor decisions in life.

          • Matthew Skowron

            And those unemployed will all be welfare democrats….that why they are pushing these increases

          • Braden

            Exactly. A lot of them don’t deserve 15 cents/hour never mind $15.

          • Mrs. Chief

            Kids think your money comes from the ATM. I had to explain to my granddaughter when she was about 11 or 12 years old, I think one of my grandsons too, that I have to have money in the bank account or the ATM isn’t going to give me any when I put my card in. Then I had to explain people either get paid from their job or have a retirement fund that transfers money to their checking account, that the money is earned from working not just given from the ATM machine.

      • JJ

        HAHAHAHA! It makes the article worth reading just to see this comment. Down with the white kids!

      • Mrs. Chief

        You almost got me!

    • I_h8_disqus

      A $15 an hour wage might work to the advantage of students Lower wages allowed low-skilled career workers to take jobs that once belonged to students. Now the higher wage will allow business owners to dump those low-skilled workers in favor of students who are proficient in English, who can quickly learn work skills, and whose higher IQ will allow them to bring more to their jobs. While the number of jobs might be less, the number available to students will grow quite a bit.

      • Unmutual

        The issue with your point is that if the salary floor is set at $15.00 per hour, then why should a student take a job at the same rate as an unskilled laborer? They will demand a higher wage.

        One the other hand, the only thing that will increase with a $15.00 minimum is automation and self service. And those point of sale systems will require a someone with the right skills to maintain them, which just may be that student. More than likely, however, the maintenance will be performed by career technical professionals.

        • I_h8_disqus

          Students still not wanting to work minimum wage could be an issue. However, I think the combination of the over 30% higher wage and a smaller increase in the cost of living for students would cause students to think the higher minimum wage is good for them when it comes to paying expenses and tuition. In my opinion, the thing keeping many students from working is not believing the money they earn is worth the sacrifice in time for studying or other activities. I believe $15 an hour would bring students and other folks back into the workforce. Unskilled labor will lose on two fronts. Fewer jobs and people in the U6 unemployment group deciding $15 is worth entering the workforce again.

  • Bill Rowland

    When the restaurants are forced to close down, they’ll just follow Venezuela’s lead and force them to stay open and operate at a loss, when the business fails all together, the government will step in and confiscate it.

    • Bob

      Sounds fun! I’m really looking forward to the bread lines.

      • Kimmy3

        Exactly! And now that we hate a evil corporations (United Airlines anyone?) we can force corps into failure and have the progressive Socialist dimwits take over. What a win, win!!

  • Rotu

    Economics 101.

    • JJ

      I remember an assignment like this from that class! lol

  • Mr Degenerate

    Smart, raise the wage to unsustainable levels so more people are unemployed thus placing more stress on government welfare agencies in an effort to compensate for the job losses and lack of job creation all the while raving on about being a progressive society. I wonder what all the arts students and gender studies graduates will do for a career now that they can’t rely on busing tables for a living?

    • Chris Richardson

      It’s all part of an anti-capitalism plot. They make a huge fuss about low wages, so they raise minimum wage, which causes higher unemployment and higher prices, so they blame capitalism, thus making communism seem like a better option.

    • Jim Southerland

      All too many of them will take out more student loans and get masters degrees in the same drivel.

  • Mark Mercer

    Don’t be fooled… a minimum wage isn’t the end game. Transfer payments of various forms and names is happening.
    Leftist/progressive ideology is not stupid, wrong headed or misguided, it is evil. It didn’t work for the Pilgrims (Mayflower compact) or the Soviets or the Chinese or the Cubans or the North Koreans or the S.Americans, and it will fail in the USA as well.

  • Dante Alighieri

    By that logic, why not eliminate the minimum wage entirely. And while you’re at it eliminate the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

    Incidentally, During the early years under Ronald Reagan, unemployment rates rose as the minimum wage fell, then trended along a similar path for the remainder of his administration—falling and rising together for the most part, except for a steep dip in unemployment in the mid-to-late 1980s. — Syracuse University.

    I guess it depends on what tree you cherry-pick.

    • Unmutual

      I have a better idea. Let’s make the minimum wage $50.00 per hour. This way, every full time worker is guaranteed a 6 figure salary, regardless of what they do. Wouldn’t that be the best way to create social and economic justice for everyone?

      • Tom Harrell

        Perfect.

  • Jan Hellsund

    It’s like a participation trophy. Maybe the ones not worth $15 an hour can work off-the-books for less as they’ve always done.

  • Jim Southerland

    Liberals are stupid enough to think they can thwart natural laws like supply and demand. Sadly, most are more interested in majors ending in “studies” than studying real subjects like math and economics

  • Pierre Degare’

    All part of the Great Plan, the Great Woek to bring about ONE World Totalitarian Socialist Government in which do as thou wilt shall be the whole of the law.

    This is being done intentionally by the philosophers of fire, sons of light, initiates of the flame

  • breandan

    I work in New York City with Attorneys who make $22-25 an hour. Some attorneys on salary make less.
    That’s after at least 7 years of third-level education and the associated debt. Why should someone who hasn’t finished high school get $15?

    • Unmutual

      Because those attorneys are part of the “privileged class.” They have an education and a career path. But in the name of social and economic justice, we need to give anyone a minimum wage of $15.00 per hour. It does not matter if these people and add 2 + 2 or tie their shoe laces. It does not matter if they have never worked a day in their life. Social justice demands they receive a “living wage.”

      And why not? The liberal progressive politicians and bureaucrats that demand businesses pay $15.00 per hour, for people without any skills, are not the ones writing the payroll check. It’s easy to demand that others pay so you can appease a segment of the population to get votes.

  • Clay James Belter

    Who could have seen that coming? After all, those most at risk to losing their jobs because of this increase, are of course the very people that these clowns claimed it was meant to help.

  • AverageJoe1987

    Everyone on the right told these numbnuts when they were marching for $15/hr to flip burgers that it’d end up biting them in the butt if they ever got it.

    Liberals and these McIdiots thought that life was all gumdrops and unicorn farts. Well, economics and reality popped that little bubble.

  • Fred Ducque

    It is time to establish minimum staffing levels for businesses.

    Oh, yeah, we need to prevent price increase too…..and keep portion sizes the same…..and maintain menu selections…..

    • Unmutual

      You raise a good point. What good is $15.00 per hour do for the worker when all the prices rise due to inflation? Costs go up, prices go up. Simple economics the liberal progressive politicians and bureaucrats ignore.

  • Larry Ramos

    The bottom line is that corporate America abused the H1B Visa privilege which facilitated the immigration of tens of thousands of “cheap labor” immigrants and consequently eliminated jobs. They, corporate America, never expected for the Neo-Left push for a higher minimum wage. However, when they pushed and demanded cheap labor, many of the recipients of those H1B Visas were mothers, and grandparents that needed to be supported beyond the previous existing wage. This, in turn, created a conundrum for local governments as their welfare bill was ballooning out of control. By increasing the minimum wage, these new immigrants as well as local residents, wouldn’t qualify for welfare entitlements. Lastly, this cycle of despair culminated in the elimination of jobs that were normally destined for teens, the poor, and people living in urban communities. Irrespective of nationality, all communities throughout the United States have experienced the consequences of the overly abused HB1 visa. Lest not forget the mantra perpertrated to the American public, “They take the jobs that Americans refuse,” yeah, Right!

  • Hal Slusher

    You really expect companies to pay wages that put them out of business?

  • Hal Slusher

    I am now dealing with my white privilege. So any African American I will give you one way ticket to Africa

  • soulassssns

    Raises minimum wage but then just raises state taxes right after. SMH

  • Doug McGinn

    Business owners need to wake up and realize the world is awake, people understand that their time is the single most valuable thing in this world. Once that time is spent you cant get it back at any price. Workers will eventually abandon the work place if they continue to be treated like dirt and not paid a livable wage. They will abandon the system and they will begin to cause chaos and everyone will suffer. When a man can not feed his family because society says he isnt worth a livable wage he will turn to crime or he will leave the system and do what he has to do to survive. So while your bust laying people off and firing people, you may wish to concern yourself with your own future. There wont be wetbacks to fill those vacant positions at pennies on the dollar.

    • Joe Fucile

      If a man has a kids while working a minimum wage job it goes to show he’s a dumb ass who can’t make good decisions. He expects everyone else to foot the bill instead of applying himself and getting a marketable skill that will allow for higher pay.

      • Doug McGinn

        See folks, right here we have your typical self entitled imbecile. He wants you to subscribe to his theory that only certain people deserve a livable wage to the degree that he prefers to pay out of his pocket and yours to support the less fortunate.

        • Joe Fucile

          You are not entitled to other people’s money; but then the leftists have always been supporters of slavery.

          Everyone that works to better themselves to get a career or marketable skill beyond a teen-agers level job can earn a ‘living wage’. Problem is your ilk is too fucking lazy with piss poor decision making skills and an inherit mindset that they deserve everything instead of working for it and will clamor for the government to steal it for you.

          Until you gain some integrity and personal responsibility; that self entitled twit would be staring at you in the mirror.

          • Doug McGinn

            Please make an effort to focus on the topic of conversation alrighty? The topic is not entitlements but rather minimum wage. It is generally accepted in our modern society that laws establish a minimum monetary compensation for a person that elects to perform labor for a business rather than sitting on their nut sac sucking tit on the welfare system. With that said, any man/woman that chooses to work regardless of what labor they provide is entitled to a livable wage. Greed is the only factor that would cause someone to have an opinion such as yours. Having a higher education is not justification for exploiting other people and their time. Having a degree hanging on your wall does not mean that your life is more valuable than anyone else. People work to survive, meaning eat, feed their families, buy medicine ect… Once economically challenged people decide its simply not worth wasting their time working they will start commiting crimes to survive, you will in turn be forced to pay more taxes to fund welfare benefits, then as it snowballs, petty crime will turn into felony crime, eventually as enough people get tired of being exploited society will collapse from the bottom up. Which is exactly what we are seeing in places like Greece, Venezuela, Brazil, ect… The United States is not immune

          • Joe Fucile

            Too stupid to understand that only an idiot has a family when the best they can do is a minimum wage job, got it.

            I had no problem living within my means earning minimum wage and taking classes by having roommates and not doing things that I couldn’t afford. I have no compassion for morons who can’t and expect everyone else to foot the bill for them. if they decide to steal then they deserve to be planted somewhere as they went from a burden on society to a threat that should be eliminated.

            And the reason shit is going to hell in Greece, Venezuela, etc is the socialist crap that is being brought to the table today with the entitlement society.

            There is a difference between those who need assistance through no fault of their own and those that demand others pony up just because they are breathing, we have to many of the later and need to stop rewarding them for bad behavior and that includes paying them more than they are worth for the job they are doing.

          • Doug McGinn

            Once again please try to focus on the topic of conversation. We are not talking about people that are to lazy to work. We are talking about people that WORK. You do understand the difference? They could just as easily sit on their nuts making no effort whatsoever and the government would be more than happy to reward with your tax dollars. Are you seriously that simple minded that you dont get it? You think its better for CEO’s to exploit labor and get million sin bonuses annually than it is to pay the help a decent wage? Five decades ago when you lived on minimum wage the cost of living was not what it is today. Further more these people are not afforded health care or any benefits for that matter. You and those like you are in fact part of the problem, you and yours are exactly why we now have Obama care, you and yours are exactly why welfare is at an all time high. You and those like you evidently are so dimwitted that you actually cant see that by exploiting minimum wage workers it results in more tax dollars out of your pocket. With that said debating the topic with you serves no purpose.

          • Joe Fucile

            We are talking about fuckwits that are too lazy to get a real fucking career instead of stealing jobs away from teenagers you dim fuck. They are too fucking lazy to better themselves and get skills that would allow them to make more and demand it be handed to them instead of expending anything to earn the right to make more

            You ilk are the reason that we have a blown to shit welfare system, once you start handing out everything to people with no responsibility on their part to fix their shit you get a pack of people who will always be a burden on society and think everyone owes them everything.

            Get half a fucking clue before flapping your cake hole next time.

  • Mrs. Chief

    When my son was in college not only did he have a wife and a baby he was on the Dean’s list at Auburn University’s engineering program he had three jobs all part time and they all paid minimum-wage now he’s a successful engineer and works in Australia. Kids don’t have a chance with these goofy laws they’re making. When my husband was in the navy he had a part-time job while he went to college, his part time job was minimum wage! Raising minimum-wage equivalent to what someone who has struggled through either a trade school a community college or a 4 year university isn’t going to help the over all economy it will cause major inflation. People need to realize that if I want better paying jobs they’re going to have to sacrifice while they are in the entry level jobs which are usually minimum-wage paying jobs.

  • Cheryl Holtz

    they are just crazy – so the public think voting in Liberals who will get them a higher paying job – just priced themselves out of the market – and the fast food that poor people typically eat will also be unaffordable – these people need education – not a higher min wage!

  • Scooterific2762 .

    In 2002 I had to have at least an Associates Degree to be considered for a job. A job in a chemical plant. A job that was possibly life threatening. A job that required me to handle lethal chemicals on a daily basis. Not to mention, the asshole Chemical Engineer I had to deal with. A job that started at fifteen dollars an hour. It was ten dollars less than the job I had just been laid off from. Yes, it was over a decade and a half ago… It is just so insulting that someone wants to get paid for flipping burgers for a job that I risked my life for… literally.

    Rant over… kind of.

  • Jamie Presley

    The number figure is actually irrelevant.

    The money we are being paid today is worthless. Canada and the USA have economies that are in the middle of the worst era of Stagflation in history.

    Take a 1 oz bar of gold from 1950 and a 1oz bar of gold from now and put them beside each other. Now tell me whats the difference?

    The answer is: None, there is no difference. A bar of gold is a bar of gold.

    Now take a dollar from 1950 and put it next to a dollar now. Whats the difference?

    Well its pretty bloody obvious what the difference is. The dollar from 1950 has way more power than the joke of what we call a dollar now.

    So argue with each other and spout all the bullshit you want.

    The simple fact is: Our dollar is worthless.

    • Jamie, the fiat Dollar is not exactly “worthless.”

      In 1950 33 of those dollars could buy you an ounce of gold.

      Well, not exactly, because if you were an American it was illegal for you to own any monetary gold.

      Now it takes about 1200 fiat dollars to buy an ounce of gold, but Americans can legally do so…

      So is it worth-less? Or is it worth 1/1200th of an Oz Au?

      I think the push to have the Unemployment Level Wage raised to $15 in the next couple years has something to do with inflationary expectations.

      The 900 pound gorilla… the trillions and trillions of fiat Dollars the Fed added to paper-over the 2007/8 crisis only increased prices erratically.

      But since the US military has failed to blow-up enough of those fiat Dollars “over there” I suspect the long-delayed hyperinflation is about to happen.

    • Unmutual

      Question: what weighs more, a pound of gold, or a pound of feathers?

      • Jamie Presley

        depends on whats being dropped on your head from 1000 feet up

  • TBorNot

    News out of San Diego of a considerable budget shortfall, as they can’t make their pension payments. Why? Union pay is based on the minimum wage, and the resulting increase in pay across the board has caused a crisis. This is why unions were pushing the the higher wage when few if any of their own workers get the minimum.

  • Pat Patrix

    Having trouble finding work if you’re white? I had trouble for months. Here’s what you do on your online application. Don’t put white as an ethnicity anymore, put “two or more”. I did that and got 3 job offers within a week. Online algorithms prune out white male applicants stopping a real person from ever even seeing your application or resume because they have to maintain a certain level of “diversity”. Just lie, the person you meet for an interview will never know.

    • Unmutual

      When I see the “race” or “ethnicity” category on applications, I always check the “Other” box that asks you to write in your race.

      I write “Human.”

  • Tym O’Byrne

    The libs want a high min wage because they think it will bounce many out of social service benefits that they give that are based on income. Their problem is of course they are reducing the number of people earning incomes…

  • shatto

    ***** Recycling, Business Style *****

    Once Upon a Time General
    Motors, Sears, Pan American Airlines, United States Steel and other
    Corporations were Titans of the business world. Remember; “You’ve Got
    Mail?”

    Companies always did, do and will fail to satisfy their
    customers. Survival requires being able to adjust rapidly, as did Coca
    Cola.

    If you had more than one, you know that jobs are as
    recyclable as roads, buildings, bridges and forests and crops. And
    everything from a closed business.

    All we are seeing is change. (caused here by politics)

  • Neral Kujata

    Well at least you can support a family on that pay now… If you were getting it!