FACTSHEET: It's Time for a Raise - Why increasing the minimum wage is good for business, good for workers, and good for North Carolina’s economy

By Allan Freyer
Director, Workers' Rights Project
August 2017

Many North Carolina workers are locked in low-wage jobs that don’t pay enough to make ends meet, even though they’re working full-time. Over the long-term, state lawmakers need to implement a comprehensive strategy that creates pathways out of this low-wage economy. But right now, they can provide an immediate boost to working families by increasing the minimum wage from the current level of $7.25 an hour. Raising the wage floor would put more money in the pockets of workers, increase sales for local businesses, and strengthen the state’s overall economic performance, without increasing unemployment.

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