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13 states to raise minimum wage in 2016

CNBC logo CNBC 12/24/2015 Sarah Whitten

If you are among the United States' lowest earners, you could be ringing in the new year with a raise, depending on where you live.

Fourteen cities and counties in seven states — Washington, Oregon, New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, California and Montana — agreed to increase the minimum wage to $15 in 2015, according to a report by the National Employment Law Project, a national advocacy organization for employment rights of lower-wage workers.

These increases will take place over the course of several years, giving local businesses time to adjust to the hike.

While not all states will be adjusting rates to the $15 mark, 13 states — Alaska, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nebraska, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont and West Virginia — will increase minimum wages in 2016.

These wage increases range from a 35 cents an hour in states like Michigan to a dollar in California, Massachusetts and Nebraska.

"We've seen incredible momentum this past year in the fight to raise wages to a level that will make a meaningful difference to America's workers and their families," Christine Owens, executive director of the National Employment Law Project, said in a statement.

Here is the full list of states that will increase its minimum wage in 2016:

  • Alaska: $8.75 to $9.75
  • Arkansas: $7.50 to $8
  • California: $9 to $10
  • Connecticut: $9.15 to $9.60
  • Hawaii: $7.75 to $8.50
  • Maryland: $8 to $8.75
  • Massachusetts: $9 to $10
  • Michigan: $8.15 to $8.50
  • Nebraska: $8 to $9
  • New York: $8.25 to $9
  • Rhode Island: $9 to $9.60
  • Vermont: $9.15 to $9.60
  • West Virginia: $8 to $8.75

Additionally, 10 states — Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, Ohio, Oregon, South Dakota and Washington — will see small hikes to minimum wage due to cost-of-living increases.


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