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Minimum Wage Goes to Start New Year

January 2, 2013

Hundreds of thousands of workers are set to get a pay raise to start 2013, as Washington is one of 10 states to increase their minimum wage.

Washington will again lead the way Tuesday, raising its starting salary to $9.19 an hour. We were the first to adopt automatic adjustments in 1998 to compensate for inflation. Nine of the 10 states adjusting wages this week did so automatically.

Many workers around the country won’t be as lucky as Washington workers. Among the nine states with automatic adjustments, the average minimum wage is $8.12 an hour, up from a little under $8. States that do not have automatic changes operate with an average minimum wage of about $7.40.

Many states still follow the federal minimum wage of $7.25.

San Francisco has set the highest local minimum wage and will have workers paid at least $10.55 an hour in 2013.

WALI

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