Seattle’s effort to raise its minimum wage has turned out to be a success. The city's 2014 decision to raise its minimum wage to $15/h has not negatively affected the city’s rate of employment, reports Whitney Filloon of Eater. Critics who feared that the wage hike would force businesses to let workers go as their salaries became unaffordable were, in fact, mistaken. Fast-food restaurants, which strongly protested the increased wages, managed to keep employment stable while paying their employees better. The costs of doing so were mainly offset by the increased spending power of Seattleites, which boosted the local economy.
Seattle’s decision to raise its minimum wage have proven to be detrimental. Raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour has hurt Seattle’s low-level workers, asserts Dan Springer of Fox News. While the change did increase hourly salaries, companies balanced this out by giving workers fewer hours to work. A University of Washington paper claimed that workers were losing around $125 a month because of this. Additionally, 5,000 jobs were lost because of the wage hike. The lower middle class, whom the change was supposed to help the most, have ended up suffering because they found their opportunities to work limited.