Also, while many industries would be impacted negatively if the starting wage were increased, three sectors, according to the study, would be hit the hardest: retail trade, arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodations and food services, and healthcare.
“What is bad for Cleveland’s restaurants is bad for Cleveland and Ohio,” said Barker. “Restaurants are the pulse of our communities, bringing Ohioans together with their friends, families and neighbors every day. They’re also some of our communities’ most stable employers. There are 21,921 restaurant locations currently employing 557,200 Ohioans. That’s 10 percent of our state’s workforce and we want to continue fueling the improvement in our state’s economy by adding locations and providing opportunities for jobseekers.”
Many economists have said a jump to $15 an hour is too high.
“I favor raising the minimum wage, but I think $15 an hour is a bridge too far,” Gary Burtless, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., told Cleveland.com