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Cherry picking the statistics on minimum wage laws

2:15 PM EDT, September 13, 2013

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In your recent editorial supporting a higher minimum wage, you mention that Vermont has one the highest minimum wages in the country, at $8.60 an hour, and also one of the lowest unemployment rates, at 4.6 percent ("Raise wages — no strings attached," Sept. 9).

What a masterpiece of cherry picking the facts! Surely you know that Illinois' minimum wage is $8.25 an hour — versus an unemployment rate of 9.2 percent. Nevada's has a minimum wage of $8.25 and unemployment of 9.5 percent. And California has an $8 minimum wage and unemployment of 8.7 percent.

I could use up my entire word limit on letters just listing all the states with high minimum wages and even higher unemployment rates. But you get the point. And after that I'd still need a few hundred more words to point out the rest of your editorial's many economic and statistical fallacies concerning the effects of minimum wage legislation.

Angelo Mirabella, Silver Spring