White House: Obamacare not a job killer, we have a graph to prove it!

July 30, 2013

The White House would like you to know that the Affordable Care Act is not killing jobs – and they even have a graph to prove it.

For months now, the White House has been vexed by news reports of employers reducing workers' hourly work week to dodge the health law requirement to provide coverage to all full-time employees (a provision that the administration has since delayed until 2015).

This has been especially prevalent among restaurants, from White Castle to Red Lobster, which tend to have lower-wage workers and are less likely to offer insurance coverage right now.

The White House contends that these reports are noise: When you look at the work weeks in the restaurant industry, and a number of other sectors, the average hourly work week has inched upwards since the Affordable Care Act passed.

This isn't to say that the Affordable Care Act is causing restaurants to increase their hours; there wouldn't be much of a reason for that. Instead, this graph makes the case that we haven't seen widespread cutting of worker hours at restaurants in anticipation of the Affordable Care Act.

This chart also doesn't predict the future: It's possible that, come 2015, employers could scale back hours when the employer mandate hits. But at this point, restaurants aren't taking widespread steps in that direction.

Comments
Show Comments
Most Read Business
Next Story
Dylan Matthews · July 30, 2013