Minimum wage in RI set to go up by 35 cents

Providence, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's lowest earners are getting a raise.

The state's minimum wage will increase next Tuesday by 35 cents, from $7.40 to $7.75 an hour. State labor numbers show that about 10,000 people make the minimum wage.

The General Assembly voted last year to increase the minimum wage. Since Rhode Island last raised the wage in 2007, Massachusetts has increased its minimum to $8 and Connecticut has gone to $8.25.

In addition to Rhode Island, nine other states are raising their minimum wages on New Year's Day. Vermont's will go up 14 cents, to $8.60 an hour.

The federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour.

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