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Data: Minimum Wage
May 21, 2015
UPDATE:
As of this posting, the minimum wage agenda item has since been pulled by Mayor Lane and Council Member Mathews during an Agenda Review session, until further notice. Further action to be taken pending future developments of a statewide ballot initiative. The SEIU is currently engaged in the process of placing a proposition before voters in 2016 that would increase the California minimum wage to $15.00/hour by 2021.

 

What You Should Know About the Minimum Wage

  • The California Minimum Wage was recently increased to $9.00/hour
  • It is set to increase again to $10.00/hour in 2016
  • The Service Employers International Union (SEUI), the largest labor union in the state, is currently petitioning for a ballot measure to increase the minimum wage to $15.00/hour by 2021


     

 
Created with Highcharts 4.1.5This chart is interactive. Click on the legend names to hide the series. Hover over the chart for data point tooltips. Minimum wage is as of the start of the year. Minimum Wage at start of yearMinimum Wage - California and FederalSource: California Industrial Welfare Commission (IWC) U.S. Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division (WHD)California Minimum wageFederal Minimum wage199819992000200120022003200420052006200720082009201020112012201320142015$ 0$ 2$ 4$ 6$ 8$ 102011 California Minimum wage: $8 minimum wage Federal Minimum wage: $7.25 minimum wageHighcharts.com


How Will it Affect the Monterey Bay Region?
  • Over 30% of our local labor force works in the agricultural, retail trade, or leisure & hospitality industry; the industries most likely to be affected by a minimum wage increase.
  • Over 40,000 people work in the agricultural industry of Monterey
  • Roughly 20% of Santa Cruz County’s entire workforce works in the retail trade or leisure & hospitality industry.
 
Created with Highcharts 4.1.5This chart is interactive. Click on the legend names to hide the series. Hover over the chart for data point tooltips.Note: Total Farm includes Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting and Mining. % of Total Industry EmploymentIndustry Employment (% of Regional Jobs), 2013 Source: California Employment Development Department, Labor Market Information Division2.2%28.4%8.2%10.5%8.6%9.2%11.4%15.8%9.0%12.4%12.1%7.9%Total FarmRetail TradeLeisure & HospitalityCaliforniaMonterey CountySanta Cruz CountySan Benito County0%5%10%15%20%25%30%California Total Farm: 2.2 % of Total Industry Employment Retail Trade: 8.6 % of Total Industry Employment Leisure & Hospitality: 9 % of Total Industry Employment

What Impact Does the Minimum Wage Have?
  • Conflicting studies continue to arise about the effects of increasing the minimum wage.
  • According to the Congressional Budget Office, raising the minimum wage to $10.10/hour would result in the loss of 500,000 jobs nationwide, but would also lift 900,000 people out of poverty
  • According to a series of studies on local minimum wage increases conducted by the UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education, increasing the minimum wage could be completely offset through greater worker performance and price increases, and therefore it does not necessarily lead to job losses.
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Santa Cruz County Industry 
Employment Projections
Employment
(2012)
Employment
(2022)
Job Growth
(2012-2022)
Percent Change 
(2012-2022)
Annual Average 
Percent Change 
(2012-2022)
Total Industry (Private ownership) 98,100 110,300 12,200 12.4% 1.3%
Total Farm 8,400 8,100 -300 -3.6% -0.4%
Retail Trade 11,400 13,600 2,200 19.3% 1.9%
Leisure & Hospitality 11,600 13,000 1,400 12.1% 1.2%
Source: California EDD          

 

 
Monterey County Industry 
Employment Projections
Employment
(2012)
Employment
(2022)
Job Growth
(2012-2022)
Percent Change 
(2012-2022)
Annual Average 
Percent Change 
(2012-2022)
Source: California EDD          
Retail Trade 15,900 17,900 2,000 12.6% 1.3%
Leisure & Hospitality 21,200 24,400 3,200 15.1% 1.5%
Total Farm 48,200 59,300 11,100 23% 2.3%
Total Industry 172,900 204,200 31,300 18.1% 1.9%
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San Benito County 
Industry Employment
Total Industry Total Farm Retail Trade Leisure & Hospitality
2013 15,200 1,600 2,400 1,200
2012 14,500 1,500 2,200 1,200
2011 14,100 1,600 2,200 1,100
2010 14,200 1,600 2,000 1,100
2009 14,700 2,100 1,600 1,400
2008 16,000 2,400 1,700 1,500
2007 17,800 2,800 1,800 1,500
2006 17,800 2,400 1,800 1,400
2005 16,400 2,500 1,700 1,400
 






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