Nearly half of U.S. to see increase in state-wide minimum wage in 2019
With the clock ticking, a total of 22 states and the District of Columbia will raise the minimum wage in 2019, with 19 of those states implementing the increases on January 1.
The increases indicate a move toward ensuring a living wage for citizens across several states.
Currently, the highest statewide minimum wage rate is in the District of Columbia, at $13.25 per hour, followed by Massachusetts and Washington each at $12 per hour.
Some of the new wage rates are the result of scheduled, incremental increases set by states in earlier years, including those in California and Washington. Other wage increases, such as those in Arkansas and Missouri, were recently decided by voters in ballot initiatives in the November mid-term elections.
A few states' wages remain on the lower end of the spectrum, with some state minimums coming in below the federal wage rate, and others with a slower incremental increase. ■