State minimum wage to increase to highest in nation

October 23, 2012

By Staff

Washington’s minimum wage is due to increase Jan. 1 to $9.19 per hour.

The state Department of Labor & Industries announced the 15-cent per hour increase Sept. 28.

The existing state minimum wage, $9.04 per hour, is the highest in the nation, and Washington is poised to retain the No. 1 spot next year.

The annual recalculation is required under Initiative 688, a measure passed by Washington voters 14 years ago.

The increase reflects a 1.67 percent increase in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers.

The calculation is a measure of average changes in prices over time of goods (such as food, clothing and fuel) and services (such as doctor visits) purchased by urban wage earners and clerical workers.

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