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10 States Raise Minimum Wage
January 2, 2013

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A total of ten states have raised the minimum wage to start off 2013.

Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Missouri, Montana, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington all raised the minimum wage. The amount of the increase varied, from 10 cents to 35 cents.

The increases meant that all of those states now had minimum wage rates above the federal rate, which is $7.25 an hour. A total of 19 states and the District of Columbia and 19 states have minimum wage rates above the federal rate.

Jobs for which workers receive tips must be paid at least $2.13 an hour, and the combination of wages and tips must equal the federal minimum of $7.25 an hour. As a result, some states have a very low minimum wage law for tipped workers.

States can set their own minimum wage but are required to match the federal rate. Five states have no minimum wage law, and the so the federal minimum applies. Three states have a minimum wage lower than the federal level, but the lower level applies only in certain circumstances, primarily for companies with very few employees.

As of January 1, 2013, Georgia and Wyoming had the lowest minimum wage, $5.15 (with the $2.13 provision for tipped workers), and Washington had the highest minimum wage, $9.19.

The federal minimum wage was raised in 2009, as part of the final installment created by the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007, which raised the federal minimum hourly wage from $5.15 to $7.25.

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