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St. Paul's $15 minimum wage: Some restaurants were shedding jobs before it took effect

Full-service restaurants — those with wait-staff and sit-down service — saw jobs decline by 16%. Limited-service restaurants, such as fast-food eateries, saw a 27% decline. But some St. Paul retailers and food service employers actually raised wages in 2018 and 2019, apparently in anticipation of the mandate, or in competition for workers with higher-paying jobs across the river.

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