Education workers are ineligible for unemployment insurance when school is out for the summer
New study finds a lift of the Los Angeles minimum wage to $15.25 will boost the economy
Report Finds One Out of Six Construction Workers in Golden State Employed in the Informal Economy
Raising L.A.'s minimum wage to $15.25 per hour will put $5.9 billion new dollars into the pockets of workers and families, and provide stimulus benefits for under-invested communities.
A New Report Finds One Out of Six Construction Workers in Golden State Employed in Informal Economy: Construction is a $152 billion industry in California, employing 895,000 workers. One out of six construction workers in the Golden State, that is 143,900, sank into the informal economy in 2011. Informal employment in the construction industry increased by 400 percent since 1972. Informal construction workers earn about half of what their formal counterparts bring home and their households are three times more likely to live in poverty. This impacts all Californians because of the $774 million informal tax gap.
A $15.37 minimum wage for Los Angeles hotels with 100 or more rooms would affect over 5,000 low-wage hotel workers, including housekeepers, janitors, banquet servers, bellhops and desk clerks. The twenty year trend for hotel growth and rising hotel occupancy and revenue support the finding that the proposed new minimum wage is feasible for the hotel industry in Los Angeles.
A raise to $15.25 by 2019 is an investment in Los Angeles. Dollars earned by minimum wage workers will be spent locally, thereby growing our city.
Economic Roundtable mapped the locations of street vendors and brick and mortar retail and restaurants in Los Angeles. What we found was surprising.