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[–] santovendetta 0 points 10 points (+10|-0) ago 

I live in Redmond, just outside of Seattle and the minimum wage here has not increased. The biggest thing I have noticed is how hard it has become to hire people for service jobs. The cost of living is extremely high in Redmond and no one wants to live or commute here to work retail for $10 an hour when they can work the same job in Seattle for much more.

I don't know if that is good or bad in the long term, it is just what I have noticed. Also the wages are not fully at $15 yet. It is a slow increase over a few years, though some businesses (like McDonald's) jumped the gun and went straight to $15.

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[–] ofthehours 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

If you live in Redmond why aren't you just working at Microsoft :)

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[–] santovendetta 0 points 9 points (+9|-0) ago 

The sad thing is that I am. The campus is full of receptionists, security guards, cafe staff, janitors, and tons of other service people struggling to get by in Redmond or comutting each way. Not even all the tech people fare better, a lot of them are contractors from another vendor company. They are paid much better, but forced to take 100 days off every year they work.

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[–] Dash-o-Salt 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I also live in Redmond, I do Software Development, but I do not work for Microsoft. This area is definitely a boom town. The only way I managed to purchase my house for a reasonable price was due to the fact that I did it several years ago right when the housing market crash started to wear off and I purchased a short sale. Otherwise, everything was pretty much out of my budget unless I wanted to put myself in debt up to my eyeballs (which I'm sure plenty of people do).

Otherwise, housing is way, way too expensive. Prices are skyrocketing due to the tech industry, and sooner or later there will be a crash. I'm just not sure when that might happen - probably not in the near term future. And possibly not for many more years.

While it remains this way anybody in the service industry is going to find it more and more difficult to survive in this area. The traffic seems to get worse every year as more and more people get pushed out of the cities due to rising costs...I just feel as though something is going to burst at the seams sooner or later - the light rail really won't get done in time to prevent it from happening, especially with how slowly infrastructure is built around here...

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[–] digitalgadget 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Yep! None of my coworkers can afford to live near our business. They all have shitty commutes.