When Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation into law this week to raise the state minimum wage to $15 dollars an hour, it didn’t include all low-wage jobs. One group left out was people who work for tips. Tipped workers in New York got their own raise at the end of last year- to nine bucks an hour. But reporter Tyler Pratt says a lot of advocates and servers still don’t think that’s nearly enough.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics released the March jobs report this morning, revealing a slowdown in hiring much larger than anticipated. Only 126,000 jobs were added — about half of what economists were predicted. The good news is hourly earnings rose slightly, beating expectations. That indicates the labor market is tightening — to attract employees, businesses have to pay more. Today, Miriam Sitz started her morning at a restaurant in Harlem to see how jobs report numbers play out in real life. She went to McDonald’s on 125th and Broadway.