Washington's minimum wage increase is about to go into effect. At the stroke of midnight on Jan. 1, Washington's minimum wage will increase from $9.19 per hour to $9.32. This is confirmed by a report on Tuesday (Dec. 31) from King 5 News. It's the fifteenth consecutive year that it has seen a significant bump that should please quite a few employees in the state.
This new level will keep the state as the highest in the nation, just ahead of a new raise that Oregon is putting into place. Oregon is bumping theirs up 15 cents from $8.95 to $9.10 per hour for 2014. That one will go into effect on Jan. 1 as well, making it even more enticing for people in neighboring states to come from Idaho and California to work border jobs.
State voters approved an initiative back in 1998 that requires the Department of Labor and Industries to make a cost-of-living adjustment each year based on the federal consumer price index for urban wage earners and clerical workers. It leads to yet another Washington minimum wage increase and a hint that there will be another one in 2015. Only 10 states undertake this method of doing things, making it really good to be an employee here.
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