Washington Increasing Minimum Wage 14 Cents

December 28, 2007

Washington’s minimum wage will increase 14 cents to $8.07 an hour beginning Jan. 1, 2008, according to the Department of Labor and Industries.

Washington’s minimum wage applies to workers in both agriculture and non-agricultural jobs, although 14- and 15-year-olds may be paid 85 percent of the adult minimum wage, or $6.86 an hour.

The Department of Labor and Industries recalculates the state’s minimum wage each year in September as required by Initiative 688, which Washington state voters approved in 1998. The initiative requires the state to adjust the minimum wage according to the change in the federal “CPI-W,” which is a national index covering the cost of goods and services needed for day-to-day living. That index rose 1.8 percent during the 12 months ending Aug. 31, 2007.

For information, visit www.wages.Lni.wa.gov.

Source: L&I

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