Ten U.S. states began 2013 with a minimum wage increase. The increases went into effect on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Missouri, Montana, Ohio, Oregon Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington.
Individual U.S. states can establish their own minimum wage rates that are either equal to or higher than the federal minimum wage. The federal minimum wage has not increased since it was raised to $7.25 an hour in July 2009.
The minimum wages increases were not uniform across all states providing them. Missouri’s minimum wage rose from the federal minimum of $7.25 an hour by just 10 cents to $7.35 an hour. In most states, the increase was 14 or 15 cents. Rhode Island’s minimum wage rose by 35 cents, more than double any other increase.
In a number of states, such as Washington, minimum wage increases are tied to the Consumer Price Index for urban wage earners and clerical workers. Washington’s minimum wage, already the highest among states, jumped from $9.04 to $9.19 an hour. 01.04.2013