When implemented, minimum wages do not reduce employment. A case study undertaken in 1994 comparing the fast food sectors in Pennsylvania and New Jersey revealed no link between a higher minimum wage and reduced employment.
In 1992, New Jersey increased its minimum wage by $0.80 (to $5.05 per hour). Pennsylvania kept the same minimum wage ($4.25 per hour). Contrary to predictions, job growth in stores in New Jersey paying a higher minimum wage was faster than in Pennsylvania.