What is the minimum wage where you live? Do you feel that the minimum wage should be raised? If you are or were to be in a position of unemployment and you are unable to find the job in your profession due to the lack of job market, how do you feel about temporarily taking a minimum wage job?
I live in the state of Illinois. Our minimum wage is currently at $8.25/hr. I feel that our minimum wages should be raised up to at least $10.00/hr. The cost of living is steadily going up. The average 1 bedroom apartment in Chicago starts at about $750/mo.
I lost my job of 11 years in June of 2013. I was working as a Full-Time Teacher Assistant. Chicago Public Schools closed down 50 Schools due to the lack of enrollment. The job market has been low in that area of work that I'm looking for. I am currently looking for another job.
I don't believe there should be any minimum wage. All minimum wage laws should be abolished. All they do is lead to jobs being cut or prices being raised, and they make us less competitive with the rest of the world. If you raise the minimum wage to $10 per hour for instance, the employers will either cut jobs and put more work on those still employed, or they will raise the price on everything to make up for the higher wages. Take the fast food places for an example. You raise the minimum wage for burger flippers at McDonalds, and the price on everything goes up. Now those on a low income don't have enough money to buy that big mac, so they don't stop at McDonalds. This means they don't need as many workers, so people are laid off. As prices have gone up, I have reduced the amount of money I spend on fast food. I have even cut down on buying coffee at truck stops because their prices have gone up, and I drink instant coffee instead. I know a lot of textile jobs that were lost because the minimum wage made them unable to compete with imports, and I can't tell you how many people lost their jobs entirely. It was not a "living wage," but in many cases it was an extra income in a household, and it made a huge difference when it came to buying food, clothes and paying the utilities. There are always consequences to the government getting involved in things, and the minimum wage was a bad idea from the beginning. My position is that we abolish it completely on the state and federal level and let the market determine wages.