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> If minimum wage were $15, they could find another job that paid their basic living expenses.

Why is this necessarily true? Couldn't it be the case that minimum wage were $15 but they still couldn't find any other job?




Currently we have a surplus of actual jobs, it's just that a large number of them pay sub-living wages. If those were forced to pay more - even if it meant some of them disappeared - many more people would have the opportunity to climb out of poverty.

Edit: I may have misspoken when I said "surplus". What I was referring to is the very low unemployment rate we currently have, despite large numbers of people - with "jobs" - continuing to live in near-poverty.


> Currently we have a surplus of actual jobs

No, we don't. An actual job is what happens when the willingness to pay for labor connects with the willingness to provide it for pay.

What you are seem to be referring to (additional willingness to purchase labor at prices below that that people are willing to accept) is not a surplus, it is is the normal condition of demand (and a parallel thing exists normally with supply, where there are people willing to provide something beyond what is currently being transacted in the market, but at higher-than-market prices.)


Or we'd see a bump in automation and a reduction in the number of jobs available. When you raise the price of something (labor), corporations will reduce their consumption of it.


If there is a surplus of actual jobs, then they are being forced to pay more already; but they're not, hence the surplus.


> > If minimum wage were $15, they could find another job that paid their basic living expenses.

> Why is this necessarily true?

It costs money to take a surveying class, or buy tools to practice your skills. It also takes having money saved so if there is a crisis, car repairs, etc you don’t have to constantly work overtime to keep your bills paid.

Please reach out to a friend who is making less than a “living wage” in their area and ask them about career development and what they need. I appreciate your question.




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