New year sees hike in minimum wage for various states

With the new year, 19 states saw an increase in their minimum wages. The federal minimum wage is $7.25, while 5 states (Tennessee, South Carolina, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama) do not have minimum wage laws.

In the Northeast, Massachusetts leads the way with a minimum wage of $11 – only D.C. has a higher wage in the nation – while Connecticut saw an increase of 50 cents to bring the minimum wage to $10.10.

In addition, D.C., Maryland and Oregon are scheduled to raise their respective minimum wages on July 1, 2017 due to previously enacted legislation.

State minimum wages

Data source: http://www.ncsl.org/research/labor-and-employment/state-minimum-wage-chart.aspx

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