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How is Lexington Addressing Wage Growth for Low-Wage Workers?

Sectors: Economic & Workforce Development

Council Districts: All of Lexington

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Quick Summary

Why Does this Matter?

What is the Context?

  • Dozens of smaller cities and counties have also enacted higher wage standards. Statistics show that higher minimum wages do not contribute to job loss – job growth is slightly faster in states that raised their wage floors and unemployment fell a bit more.
  • Employment policy studies recommend encouraging and incentivizing High Road Workplaces. These employers implement paid sick days, family medical leave insurance, diverse hiring, fair wages, retirement plans and other workplace practices and policies that attract and retain productive, loyal employees.

How Can I Get Involved?

  • Talk with your family, friends, and neighbors about how wages effect their lives.
  • Talk with your city council representative about this issue.
  • Read more about Lexington policy and what other communities are doing to address this issue.
  • Support businesses that promote fair labor practices.
  • Reach out to organizations and programs that advocate for different positions for low-wage worker wage growth like Commerce Lexington, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, Kentucky Center for Economic Policy, and the Lexington Jobs Fund.


  1. Workforce Development Partners
  2. US News & World Report: Minimum Wage Increases in 20 States
  3. Kentucky Center for Economic Policy: An Economic Agenda for a Thriving Commonwealth
  4. Kentucky Center for Economic Policy: The State of Working Kentucky 2018
  5. American Sustainable Business Council: High Road Workplace
  6. Commerce Lexington: Data Facts and Figures
  7. Institute for Research on Labor and Employment: The New Wave of Local Minimum Wage Policies: Evidence from Six Cities
  8. Brookings: The Hamilton Project: Strengthening Labor Standards and Institutions to Promote Wage Growth
  9. CityLab: Mapping the Difference Between Minimum Wage and Cost of Living
  10. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Characteristics of minimum wage workers, 2017
  11. czb: Lexington’s Affordable Housing Challenge and Potential Strategy, February 2014
  12. Living Wage Calculation for Kentucky
  13. The Washington Post: New Evidence of the minimum wage doing what it’s supposed to do: Help low-wage workers