Northglenn hopes higher wages will fill summer jobs

Staff Report
Posted 3/18/20

Northglenn is hoping a higher minimum wage will help fill seasonal openings in 2020. The city is promoting the higher wage as the work to fill temporary and seasonal summer jobs kicks off. City …

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Northglenn hopes higher wages will fill summer jobs

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Northglenn is hoping a higher minimum wage will help fill seasonal openings in 2020.

The city is promoting the higher wage as the work to fill temporary and seasonal summer jobs kicks off. City Councilors voted to set the starting hourly wage at $13.65 for 2020 summer positions. Colorado’s minimum wage is $12 per hour.

Northglenn’s summer wage increases again in 2021, to $15 per hour.

“Northglenn views this wage increase as an investment into the future,” City Manager Heather Geyer said in the release. “If young workers are successful they will likely stay in the area, support Northglenn’s economy, and most importantly, remain valuable participants in our community.”

This increase affects up to 80 people, mostly area youth, that will be hired this year for 27 different City of Northglenn positions. The cost to implement the increase is approximately $185,357 in 2020.

The City of Northglenn is working alongside other community entities within the Rocky Mountain Cradle to Career Partnership to impact youth and community success. The partnership is part of a national movement that is using a rigorous and proven framework to break down barriers, change systems, and improve outcomes for youth, their families, and the community as a whole.

Increasing hourly wages is part of the partnership seven core outcome areas that have been identified as the most critical for the success of every young person: Kindergarten Readiness, Early Grade Reading, Middle Grade Math, High School Graduation, Post-Secondary Enrollment, Post-Secondary Attainment, and Youth Employment, according to the release.

National and local research indicates that when our youth are hitting targets in these seven outcome areas, their potential for long-term success greatly increases AND success of young people in these areas is synonymous with economic vitality.

Since many seasonal positions with the City of Northglenn - from lifeguards to day camp aides to parks workers - are often filled by youth, the wage increase supports the Youth Employment critical core outcome.

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