18 states increased minimum wage Jan. 1

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18 states increased minimum wage Jan. 1
18 states increased minimum wage Jan. 1

The minimum wage increased in 18 states on Jan. 1, either by legislative action, ballot initiative or inflation adjustment, according to the Economic Policy Institute and other sources.

  1. Alaska's hourly minimum wage inched up from $9.80 to $9.84.
  2. Arizona hiked its minimum wage from $10 to $10.50.
  3. California's minimum wage went from $10 to $10.50 for small employers and from $10.50 to $11 for large employers.
  4. Colorado boosted its minimum wage from to $9.30 to $10.20.
  5. Florida raised its minimum wage from $8.10 to $8.25.
  6. Hawaii changed its minimum wage from $9.25 to $10.10.
  7. Maine's hourly minimum wage inched up from $9 to $10.
  8. Michigan hiked its minimum wage from $8.90 to $9.25.
  9. Minnesota's minimum wage went from $7.75 to $7.87 for small employers and from $9.50 to $9.65 for large employers.
  10. Missouri boosted its minimum wage from $7.70 to $7.85.
  11. Montana raised its minimum wage from $8.15 to $8.30.
  12. New Jersey changed its minimum wage from $8.44 to $8.60.
  13. New York's hourly minimum wage inched up from $9.70 to $10.40.
  14. Ohio hiked its minimum wage from $8.15 to $8.30.
  15. Rhode Island's minimum wage went from $9.60 to $10.10.
  16. South Dakota boosted its minimum wage from $8.65 to $8.85.
  17. Vermont raised its minimum wage from $10 to $10.50.
  18. Washington changed its minimum wage from $11 to $11.50.

Additionally, the minimum wage increased in 19 cities as of Jan. 1, according to the National Employment Law Project.

The federal minimum wage has been $7.25 per hour since 2009.

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