YUMA, AZ - Arizona's minimum wage workers will see an increase come the new year.
Thursday the Industrial Commission of Arizona announced that the states minimum wage will rise from it's current $7.65 to $7.80 per hour.
According to Economic Research by the University of California Irvine and the Federal Reserve Board there is a clear relationship between higher minimum wages and a drop in opportunities for the least skilled, primarily between the ages of 16 and 19 years old.
Michael Saltsman a researcher fellow for the Employment Policies Institute says Arizona's policy of annually increasing the states minimum wage is supposed to help the lowest paid employees, but rather is hurting these teens who are ultimately the nations next generation.
He says, "You have a situation where teens have gone through high school with out having received that informative first job experience that prior generation have received. Research shows it puts them at a greater risk of being unemployed again in the future and of earning lower wages than counter parts that have had a job."
The 15 cent increase will take effect January 1, 2013.
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