Minimum wage hikes will be effective Jan. 1, 2014 for 13 states and four cities. Money CNN reported Dec. 30 that most of the minimum wage increase amounts will be less than 15 cents more per hour, but other states will see a bigger jump.
New Jersey's minimum wage will be raised by $1 to $8.25 per hour. In Connecticut, the hourly minimum rate will hike between 25 cents and 75 cents per hour to $8.70. Rhode Island and New York will have an $8 per hour amount. Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Missouri, Montana, Ohio, Oregon, Vermont and Washington will get a "higher minimum wage floor due to annual cost of living adjustments," according to the report.
19 states have minimum wages that are above the federal level of $7.25 per hour. Once the minimum wage hikes of 2014 kick in, there will be 21 states above the federal hourly rate.
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At the local level, $15 per hour for many workers will occur in SeaTac -- a tiny town centered around the Seattle-Tacoma Airport in Washington state.
San Francisco, San Jose and Albuquerque will also see wages go up.
California will have a minimum wage increase to $9 an hour in July.
The minimum wage hikes will help workers with cost of living expenses and to survive a bit better. Minimum wage workers in the several states listed will appreciate the 75-cent and dollar more per hour raises.