Raising the minimum wage to $15 across state good for immigrants but forces companies to adopt A.I. Tech.
Biden vouched for a $15 minimum wage. Currently, the federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour. This will benefit 27 million workers and 900,000 people lifted out of poverty, according to the Congressional Budget Office (CB0).
However, it will also spell more unemployment as companies are forced to adopt Artificial Intelligence technology (AI) and replace jobs.
Companies are forced to adopt AI and replace jobs.
Good news for Mexican, Asian immigrants
This is good news for immigrants who rely on minimum wage. For example, a daily grocery worker who earns around $10 per hour daily 8-hour shift will have extra money for a second-hand car amortization.
Mexican and Asian immigrant workers comprise the bulk of daily wage earners in the USA. Even though most of them finished a college degree, they worked in stores like Wal-Mart or McDonald’s.
Bad news as employees replaced by AI
In 2019, biggest superstores Walmart, Target, Costco began to adopt self-service lanes. By 2021, more than half of their check-out registers can operate without a cashier.
The same with McDonald’s. A self-service digital kiosk replaced cashiers. In 2021, Wal-Mart introduced its ‘Contact-free checkout.’ These are just retailers, banking, and other companies that are on the same path.
Unemployment rate to plummet
Nobel Laureate Economists Paul Krugman said in 1998 that higher wages lead to unemployment. By 2000, the unemployment rate was 4%. It spiked to 9.6 in 2010. In 2020 it was 8.1%.
Trump’s term enjoyed the lowest unemployment rate in 50 years at 3.7% in 2019. It’s back at 8.1% during the 2020 pandemic. [Statista]
Higher wages lead to unemployment.
Biden’s wage hike and relaxed immigration policy threatens more unemployment
Filipino-American pundit Michelle Malkin digress, “There is no American worker shortage,” the reason Americans don’t need more immigrants. For Trump, the influx of foreign workers holds down salaries, keeps unemployment high. [New Messenger]
Congressional Budget: Loss of 1.4 million jobs
CB said the cumulative budget deficit would increase by $54 billion if the wage act were enacted. This means higher prices; employment reduced by 1.4 million workers (0.9 percent). People in poverty reduced by 0.9 million will not make an impact. [CBO]
In short, the $15 minimum wage will give raise to 900,000 people—1.4 million who will have no job. Weeks after, companies like Ford announced plans to relocate its Ohio plant to Mexico for cheaper labor.
In June 2021, restaurants like Chipotle Mexican Grill hiked menu prices by about 4% to cover the cost of raising their workers’ wages.