Minimum wage increasing in Ore. & Wash.

Minimum wage increasing in Ore. & Wash.

Minimum wage increasing in Ore. & Wash.

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by KGW.com & Associated Press

kgw.com

Posted on December 31, 2013 at 11:37 AM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 31 at 12:31 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- The state Bureau of Labor and Industries says about 98,000 workers in Oregon will get a pay raise when the minimum wage goes up on Jan. 1.

It's a 15-cent an hour hike, from $8.95 to $9.10.

The Register-Guard reports Oregon will have the nation's second-highest minimum wage behind Washington.

Washington's minimum wage is going up 13 cents with the new year to $9.32 an hour.  State labor officials say the 13-cents per hour increase reflects a change in the consumer price index.

Washington voters approved an initiative in 1998 that requires the Department of Labor and Industries to make a cost-of-living adjustment to its minimum wage each year based on the federal consumer price index for urban wage earners and clerical workers.

Washington is one of 10 states that adjust the minimum wage based on inflation and the consumer price index. The state's minimum wage applies to workers in both agricultural and non-agricultural jobs, although 14- and 15-year-olds may be paid 85 percent of the adult minimum wage, or $7.92 per hour in 2014.

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