There is good news coming for the millions of people across the United States who work for minimum wage. There will be numerous increases happening to the minimum wage in 21 states and 22 cities across the country. The amount of the increases will vary between these areas based on what the local governments decided upon. Some areas will have only a 5 to 10 cent per hour increase while other areas will get a $1 to $2 increase per hour. A dollar extra per hour might not sound like a whole lot, but it could mean an extra $40 per week for someone working a full-time minimum wage job. An extra $40 could pay for food, transportation, or the monthly power bill.
Most of the minimum wage increases will start on January 1st of 2017. New York state will have their increases on New Year’s Eve. Oregon, Washington D.C., and Maryland will all have theirs in July of 2017, so they have a longer wait than the others. In Arizona, they are having a 24% increase in their minimum wage which will bring it to $10 per hour. Maine has a 20% increase which will bring it to $9 per hour. Three cities in Silicon Valley will have a 20% increase which will bring it to $12 per hour.
As far as the federal minimum wage goes, it has stayed at $7.25 per hour since the year 2009. That is why so many local cities and states are making their own minimum wage rules instead of waiting for the federal government to do it for them. Perhaps if Hillary Clinton had gotten elected president then there would have been a $12 per hour federal minimum wage, but that doesn’t look like it’s going to happen under President-elect Donald Trump’s administration.