Minimum Wage Officially Increased by Turn of New Year

With the New Year comes new minimum wages for several states across the U.S., including Michigan.

Eighteen states are providing their minimum wage employees with higher paychecks—with increases between five cents and $1 per hour.

Washington State has the highest state minimum wage in the nation, reaching $11.50 an hour.

Michigan’s minimum wage is now up to $9.25 an hour.

That’s a 35 cent raise from the previous rate of $8.90.

Many of these wage bumps, including Michigan’s, come as a result of ballot measures, with backing from union and workers’ rights groups.

A number of the hikes are scheduled to continue to rise in the coming years.

The federal minimum wage of $7.25 has not changed since 2009.

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