Does Increasing The Minimum Wage Increase Unemployment? 60 Years Of Data Says ‘No’

This graph with wage and unemployment data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows there is no relationship between the minimum wage and unemployment.

Contrary to Republican claims, a higher minimum wage does not increase unemployment. In fact, the result is often quite the opposite.. Graph from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The Republican mantra about the minimum wage is that it is a “job killer.” Daniel Mitchell, of the libertarian Cato Institute, exemplified right-wing thought on the topic when he wrote in 2010

A closer look at the unemployment [nearly 10 percent unemployment rate] suggests that minimum wage laws also deserve a big share of the blame…businesses are not charities and that they only create jobs when they think a worker will generate net revenue. Higher minimum wages, needless to say, are especially destructive for people with poor work skills and limited work experience.