Wednesday, October 15, 2014

And Many of Us Feel That Scott Walker Serves No Purpose

He certainly doesn't serve the State of Wisconsin.

Scott Walker says he doesn't believe minimum wage "serves a purpose". (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10/14/2014)

The reality is that a big portion of job growth is taking place in the leisure and hospitality industry.

Restaurants help feed job growth: how the leisure and hospitality industry fared after the recent employment downturn.  (United States Department of Labor.  Bureau of Labor Statistics, July 2014)
Total nonfarm employment has fully recovered from the most recent employment downturn. Despite making up only 8 percent of total nonfarm employment, the food services and drinking places industry has accounted for almost 1 out of every 6 nonfarm jobs added during the recovery. With restaurants leading the job gains within food services and drinking places, this industry is feeding more than its share of job growth during a recovery hungry for jobs.

Where the pay is low and the benefits are minimal.

  • Retail trade:  +35,300
  • Employment services, including temporary help services:  +33,600
  • Leisure and hospitality:  +33,000

Manufacturing jobs showed an increase of 4,000.

Related reading:
A Decade of Flat Wages:  The Key Barrier to Shared Prosperity and a Rising Middle Class.  (Economic Policy Institute, 8/21/2013)

Other minimum wage posts: 
Forbes bangs on the drum all day, all week, all month, all year.  (8/22/2014)
Reporting the economic news like there's still a abundance of good-paying union jobs out there. (8/14/2014)
It's deja vu all over again: Let's trot out what the naysayers said the last time the minimum wage was raised.  (8/4/2014) 
Best states for beer-drinkin', softball-playin' women.  (7/15/2014)
Employers see upside to minimum wage increase  (7/8/2014) 
Why C1 Bank CEO Trevor Burgess supports an increased minimum wage.  (7/6/2014)
Why Shake Shack CEO Randy Garutti pays his team more than the minimum wage.  (7/5/2014)
Efforts to raise Nebraska's minimum wage gets boost.  (7/4/2014)
Seattle's minimum wages;  It's complicated.  (6/29/2014)
What happened the last time a minimum wage bill was introduced in the Wisconsin state legislature
.  (6/27/2014)
 UW-Milwaukee survey:  76% of respondents support raising the minimum wage.  (6/25/2014)
Wisconsin's $7.25 minimum wage: "Minimum comfort" indeed! (6/24/2014)
U.S. minimum wage since 1960.  (6/24/2014)
Support for minimum wage hike grows.  (6/21/2014)
More evidence that Scott Walker and the Republican state legislature is increasingly out of touch with the people they serve.  (5/28/2014)
Earning minimum wage and looking for a place to live? Check the "Dumps" listings! (4/25/2014
Scraping by on $83.65 an hour.  (3/17/2014)
Minnesota legislature looks to boost minimum wage from $6.15 to $9.50 per hour.  (3/4/2014)
The minimum wage:  It's not the same all over.  (2/18/2014)
A border debate on the minimum wage.  (2/16/2014)
The MacIver Institute's Pavlovian response to an increase in the minimum wage. (1/10/2014)
The view from the other side of the counter.  (11/29/2013)
The minimum wage and the poverty guideline.  (11/20/2013)
Most of us don't buy into U.S. Chamber of Commerce handwringing over minimum wage.  (11/1/2013)
A look at the minimum wage.  (9/28/2013)

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