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Workers in majority of U.S. states to see minimum wage increase in 2020

Christian Fernsby |
Many states across the country are just days away from implementing significant changes in the minimum wage.

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Topics: WORKERS    U.S.    MINIMUM WAGE   

With the clock ticking, a total of 26 states and the District of Columbia will raise the minimum wage in 2020, with 22 of those states implementing the increases by January 1, according to Wolters Kluwer Legal and Regulatory U.S.

The highest rates in the nation are found at the municipal level.

Seattle has the highest minimum wage rate at $16.00 per hour for large employers and $15.00 for small employers.

New York City's minimum wage is set at $15.00 per hour for all employers.

California will raise the minimum wage rates by $1 on January 1 ($12.00 per hour for employers with 25 employees or less, and $13.00 per hour for employers with 26 employees or more), while the highest state rate will remain in Washington at $13.50 per hour.

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.

The lowest minimum wage rates of $5.15 are in Georgia and Wyoming.

However, most employers and employees would be subject to the higher federal minimum wage rate of $7.25 per hour.

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