Which are the 20 states, cities and counties, including 13 in California, that will increase the minimum wage starting July 1

The rise in minimum wages follows a national push to ensure the country’s lowest-paid workers keep up with rising costs of living.

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The workers in more than 20 states, cities and counties will get a pay raise on July 1 when higher minimum wages take effectas part of a national push to ensure the country’s lowest-paid workers keep up with rising costs of living.

States include Connecticut, Nevada, and Oregon, along with the District of Columbiawhich together have almost 6 million workers. Additionally, minimum wages in a dozen California cities, including Los Angeles and San Francisco, will increase on July 1.as well as in Chicago and St. Paul, Minnesota.

Some counties are also raising their minimum wages, including Cook County in Illinois and Montgomery County in Maryland.

While lower-paid workers in those states, cities and counties will benefit directly, the higher benchmark wage sets an income floor for most employees in those states, experts say.

The increases come as the federal minimum wage approaches 13th. anniversary of its last raise, marking the longest period without a raise since the base salary was created in 1938.

There are still 20 states, mostly in the South and Midwest, where the federal minimum wage remains at $7.25 an hour.

That rate is below the poverty line of $8.38 for families of two or more members, where only one person is working.

Meanwhile, 30 states and the District of Columbia have adopted wages above the federal benchmark wage, with some states tying their increases to the cost of living.

That should be a more equitable way to ensure workers keep up with inflation, said Holly Sklar, executive director of Business for a Fair Minimum Wage, which advocates for a higher minimum wage.

“When you have a cost-of-living index, you are operating in place. It’s not like, ‘I got a big raise,’ but it allows you to not fall behind,” Sklar told CBS MoneyWatch. “It’s really vital.”

The federal minimum wage “was designed to keep people out of poverty, and now it keeps people out of poverty dramatically” in states where the federal minimum wage remains the law, he added.

The federal minimum wage was last increased on July 24, 2009, when it went up to $7.25 an hour.

If that benchmark wage had increased along with the nation’s productivity growth since 1968, it would have reached nearly $21.50 an hour by 2020, according to an analysis by the Center for Economic and Policy Research.

In California, the following cities and counties will raise their base salaries on Friday, according to the Fisher Phillips law firm.

  • Alameda: $15.75 an hour
  • Berkeley: $16.99 per hour
  • Emeryville: $17.48 an hour
  • Fremont: $16.00 per hour
  • Long Beach: $16.73 per hour for hotel workers and $16.55 for dealership workers
  • City of Los Angeles: $16.04 for all employers
  • Los Angeles County: $15.96 per hour
  • Malibu: $15.96 an hour
  • Milpitas: $16.40 an hour
  • Pasadena: $16.11 per hour
  • City and County of San Francisco: $16.99 per hour
  • Santa Monica: $15.96 per hour
  • West Hollywood: $16.50 per hour for employers with more than 50 employees, or $16.00 per hour for employers with fewer than 50 employees. Hotel workers will earn $18.35 per hour.

The benchmark wage in Connecticut will increase from $13 to $14 on Friday, and workers will see another increase, to $15 an hour, on June 1, 2023.

Nevada’s minimum wage will increase from $9.75 an hour to $10.50 an hour for workers without health coverage, while employees with health insurance will see their base wage increase from $8.75 an hour to $9.50 an hour.

Oregon’s minimum wage will increase from $12.75 an hour to $13.50 on Friday. The state has 2.2 million workers.

However, under state law, there are separate referral rates for Portland and non-urban counties. Portland workers will see an increase from $14 to $14.75 per hour. The wage in non-urban counties will increase from $12 to $12.50 an hour.

Beginning in 2023, the state’s base salary will be adjusted annually based on the Consumer Price Index, which measures the price increase in a basket of goods and services.

Washington, DC will raise its minimum wage from $15.20 an hour to $16.10 an hour on Friday.

In Cook County, Illinois, which includes Chicago and other cities and towns like Evanston and Elk Grove, the minimum wage will increase from $12 to $13 an hour. In Chicago, businesses with 21 or more workers will pay $15.40 instead of $15.00. Those with 4 to 20 workers will pay $14.50 per hour, up from $14.

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