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Focus: Is no tipping the answer to wage hike?

Restaurants, other businesses grapple with minimum wage increases


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

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It’s difficult to calculate precisely the number of San Diego workers earning the hourly minimum wage, although based on U.S. Census annual earnings data, an estimated 25 percent of the city’s workers 15 years and older make the equivalent of a full-time minimum wage salary, said economist Kelly Cunningham, of the National University System Institute for Policy Research.

Restaurant, hospitality and retail sales positions are among the most common low-wage jobs, and “by far, restaurants and food-serving establishments are the most common employers of low-wage earners in San Diego,” Cunningham said in a 2014 study.