"I'm surprised this is even a debate in America.
I'm from the UK, and our minimum wage increases each year. Our Conservatives initially opposed the minimum wage, but have since admitted they were wrong to do so. The current government here (a coalition of Conservatives and Liberals working together) recently approved an above-inflation increase to the minimum wage for 2014.
Our unemployment figures are very similar to yours as well (you're at 6.7% unemployed, we're at 6.9%). Our unemployment was at it's worst in 2011, but has steadily improved each year since then, despite there being an increase to the minimum wage each year.
This notion that any increase in the minimum wage will result in mass unemployment certainly hasn't played out in the UK."-Hyams, neogaf