State minimum wage raises 13 cents

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State minimum wage raises 13 cents

KGMI News Reporting
By Mike Curtiss

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Workers earning minimum wage in Washington State will see a small pay increase next year due to low inflation rates.

The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries announced yesterday that minimum wage will be going up by 13 cents, to $9.32 per hour, starting January 1.

Some workers in Bellingham say the small increase won’t put any more money in the pockets of minimum wage earners.

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Washington is one of ten states that adjust the minimum wage based on inflation.

Dana Botka with L&I says inflation has been low this year, about 1.5 percent.

Washington State has the highest minimum wage in the nation.