Saturday, December 24, 2011

Neighboring States Set to Raise Minimum Wage, Idaho Remains the Same

Posted By on Sat, Dec 24, 2011 at 10:05 AM

While Idaho's minimum wage remains at $7.25 an hour, many of our neighbors will see increases in a little more than a week. In fact, eight states will ring in 2012 with higher minimum wages to keep up with inflation. According to the National Employment Law Project, minimum wage increases in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Montana, Ohio, Oregon, Vermont and Washington will range from 28 cents to 37 cents an hour. The increases are expected to impact as many as 1 million minimum-wage workers.

Washington State will become the first with a minimum wage above $9 an hour.

In Oregon, minimum-wage workers will see a 30-cent increase, rising to $8.80 an hour.

In Montana, the minimum wage increases by 30 cents to $7.65.

Idaho ties its minimum wage to the federal level: $7.25 per hour. That equates to approximately $290 per week and $15,000 a year before taxes.

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