Asked about the minimum wage in Tuesday’s GOP debate, Dr. Ben Carson started off the evening with a blatant lie:
Every time we raise the minimum wage, the number of jobless people increases. It’s particularly a problem in the black community. Only 19.8 percent of black teenagers have a job.
No. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ 2015 numbers, blacks of both sexes had an unemployment rate of 30.6 percent. That means the employment rate, not seasonally adjusted, is around 70 percent. When adjusted for seasonal employment — summer and Christmas jobs — employment rises to 31 percent.
The job situation is, indeed, a bad one in black communities. But raising the minimum wage will not make it worse. The Department of Labor busted that myth already.
Ben Carson may know about a lot of things but economics are not in his wheelhouse. Repeating disproven myths about the minimum wage will not help his cause. He should just pass when asked questions about economics.
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