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Minimum Wages Receive a Boost in 2019

Workers in 21 states and District of Columbia receive pay raises

January 4, 2019

Minimum wage workers in 21 states and Washington, D.C. received pay increases at the start of 2019 or will receive increases later in the year, according to a National Employment Law Project (NELP) report, USA Today reports.

About 17 million workers will benefit from the 2019 minimum wage increases. The increases are due to policies designed to help lower-income workers or regularly scheduled cost-of-living adjustments.

In addition to state adjustments, 38 cities and counties also increased their minimum wage rate, including New York, NY, where minimum wage workers pf large employers now receive at least US$15 an hour, The New York Times reports. Worker rights officials in states and cities with a high cost of living are already considering minimum wages higher than $15. For instance, Hawaii is considering a $17 minimum wage bill, according to NELP authorities.

Below are the state minimum wage increases that go into effect in 2019:

  • Alaska: $0.05, $9.89 from $9.84|
  • Arizona: $0.50, $11 from $10.50, third step toward $12 minimum wage by 2020
  • Arkansas, $0.75, $9.25 from $8.50, first step toward $11 minimum wage by 2021
  • California: $0.50 – $1.00, $12 for large employers from $11; $11 for small employers from $10.50, third step toward $15 minimum wage by 2022-23
  • Colorado: $0.90, $11.10 from $10.20, third step toward $12 minimum wage by 2020
  • Delaware: $0.50 to $1.00, $8.75 and then 9.25 from $8.25, first and last step toward $9.25 minimum wage by 2019
  • District of Columbia, $0.75, $14 from $13.25, fourth step toward $15 minimum wage by 2020
  • Florida: $0.21, $8.46 from $8.25
  • Maine: $1.00, $11 from $10, third step toward $12 minimum wage by 2020
  • Massachusetts: $1.00, $12 from $11, first step toward $15 minimum wage by 2023
  • Michigan: $0.23, $9.48 from $9.25, first step toward $12 minimum wage by 2030
  • Minnesota: $0.17 to $0.21, $9.86 for large employers from $9.65, $8.04 for small employers from $7.87
  • Missouri: $0.75, $8.60 from $7.85, first step toward $12 minimum wage by 2023
  • Montana: $0.20, $8.50 from $8.30
  • New Jersey: $0.25, $8.85 from $8.60
  • New York: $.07 to $2.00, $15 for large employers in New York, NY, from $13; $13.50 for small employers in New York, NY, from $12; $12 in Long Island and Westchester County from $11; and $11.10 everywhere else from $10.40
  • Ohio: $0.25, $8.55 from $8.30
  • Oregon: $0.50, $12.50 in Portland, OR, from $12; $11.25 standard from $10.75; and $11 in rural areas from $10.50
  • Rhode Island: $0.40, $10.50 from $10.10, last step toward $10.50 minimum wage by 2019
  • South Dakota: $0.25, $9.10 from $8.85
  • Vermont: $0.28, $10.78 from $10.50
  • Washington: $0.50, $12 from $11.50, third step toward $13.50 minimum wage by 2020. 

 

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