When New Jersey Boosted Its Minimum Wage 20 Years Ago

Annie Lowery tackles the fast food/minimum wage debate this morning in the Times magazine, and unsurprisingly, the conclusions are what they have been: economists cannot agree on what will or will not work (some have argued that the New Jersey study above, for example, may not be a microcosm of what could happen nation-wide), raising the minimum wage alone will not eradicate poverty, and since the minimum wage has eroded over time and Washington has been lead-footed when it has come to increasing it, raising it in individual states and cities has been popular among voters.

Staying Rather Than Going

Data from the 2013 Census Bureau shows that 4.8 million Americans moved across state lines last year, as compared to 5.7 million in 2007 and 7.5 million in 1999—the number of people who are moving have dropped by half since the ’90s. Why is that? Annie Lowery says in the Times magazine that a shift in our economy and labor market may have something to do with it—the rise of the internet has made it easier for people to access information about jobs, and there are far fewer people moving for manufacturing and service jobs because manufacturing jobs have decreased dramatically in the last two decades.