Showing posts with label Washington minimum wage. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Washington minimum wage. Show all posts

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Washington Minimum Wage Remain at $8.55 per Hour in 2010

In the year 2010, Washington minimum wage remaining at $8.55 per hour will marks the first year that it is no increase in the state minimum wage since 1998. This is the result of economy crisis. Even remain stable; the Washington minimum wage is still the highest in the nation.

The Washington Department of Labor & Industries calculates the state minimum wage each September under initiative 688, passed by voters in 1998. According to the law, Washington has increased its minimum wage from $5.15 per hour to $8.55 per hour from 1998 to 2009. Each time’s minimum wage increase is on the basis of the federal Consumer Price Index change for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers during the 12 months ending on August 31.

A 5.9% increase in the 2008 CPI makes the Washington minimum wage increase to $8.55 per hour on January 1, 2009. The Washington minimum wage applies to most workers and most industries in the state, even to agricultural workers.

In addition to Washington, there are nine states adjusting their minimum wages each year for inflation. Oregon, Vermont, Ohio, Nevada, Montana, Missouri, Florida, Colorado and Arizona are in the list. Most of those states plan no minimum wage increase for 2010.

Friday, January 09, 2009

Washington Increased Its Minimum Wage to $8.55

Washington has increased its minimum wage to $8.55 on January 1, 2009, increasing 48 cents compared with last year. The new act not only apply to non-agricultural jobs but agricultural jobs

With the updating this time, the minimum wage of Washington is still the highest minimum wage among all the states in United States.

Initiative 688, approved by voters in 1998, requires the Labor and Industrial adjust the minimum wage each year according to the changes in the federal Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers. The Consumer Price Index cover the past 12 months ending on August 31. The mentioned index went by 5.9 percent during at the end of August 2008.