Apropos of nothing, some minimum wage and unemployment rate graphs. There are some major flaws in what's here so I'm going to redo the graphs soon and probably draw somewhat different conclusions.
A few things stand out when eyeballing the annual images (go to my Picasa page for more years and states). First, DC and AK are consistently at the higher end of both measures. But they are both unique - DC is not a state and basically an inner city without the surrounding suburbs, and AK is both vast and cold as all get-out. Throwing those two out, there still looks be some correlation between minimum wage and unemployment in the main blob. But including the states without a minimum wage destroys that correlation. Also, those states aren't really without a minimum wage - federal law applies to most businesses. Major flaw.
Eyeballing the state graphs shows basically that unemployment is higher during recessions. Duh. I clearly need to redo these for inflation.