A number of states ushered in the New Year by raising the minimum wage for workers.
According to an article in USA Today, 13 states have increased or will increase the minimum wage for workers in 2014.
In addition, 11 more states will consider minimum wage increases in 2014, the story stated.
The highest minimum wage can be found on the west coast, with Washington, Oregon and California all topping $9 an hour, the story noted.
Jack Temple, a policy analyst with the National Employment Law Project (NELP), said in the article, "2014 is poised to be a turning point. States are seeing the unemployment rate is going down but job growth is disproportionately concentrated in low-wage industries. (They're) frustrated that Congress is dragging its feet."
According to the article, President Obama supports legislation to lift the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour in three steps over two years; the wage would then be indexed to inflation rates.
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States with 2014 minimum wage increases (per USA Today):
California: $9 (effective July 1, 2014)
New Jersey: $8.25
New York: $8
Rhode Island: $8
Ohio: $7.95 (with conditions)