Minimum Wage Is Increasing In These 22 States
The year 2019 will be kicking off to a great start for workers who have minimum wage jobs. According to the National Employment Law Project (NELP), 22 states and Washington, D.C will see increases in the minimum wage beginning New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day.
New York City tops the list with the highest rate with minimum wage increasing to $15 for large employers and $13.50 for small employers. Washington, D.C falls right behind them with their minimum wage going up to $14. California’s minimum wage has spiked to $12 for large employers and $11 for small employers while Massachusetts and Washington state’s hourly wage has also went up to $12. The states that will see an increase but will still remain at $10 or less include Alaska, Delaware, Montana, Arkansas, South Dakota, New Jersey, Florida, Michigan, Ohio, Missouri and Minnesota.
Nevada will determine if they will have an increase by April. If it goes through, it will be effective July 2019.
Many of these states had increases approved due to a cost-of-living adjustment.
According to NELP’s report, about 17 million workers will see a boost on their paychecks due to these increases.
These will not be the last of the increases though. Minimum wages will continue to increase throughout the future so people will be able to keep up with the cost of living in their cities.
“In some parts of the country, $15 is not a living wage, so folks need to think about a higher wage,” NELP researcher and policy analyst Yannet Lathrop told USA Today. “Hawaii is already thinking about a $17 minimum wage bill.”
California, Massachusetts and D.C hope to have a minimum wage of $15 by 2021 or 2022.