Millions of U.S. workers to see higher pay from minimum-wage hikes in 2019

Millions of workers in the US UU You will see a salary increase in 2019 due to the increase in the minimum wage in 20 states and 21 cities.

With the federal minimum wage at $ 7.25 per hour since 2009, many states and cities have committed to increasing the rate of workers with lower wages.

Eight states (Arizona, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Missouri, New York and the State of Washington) are gradually increasing increases in their minimum wage from $ 12 to $ 15 per hour, according to the National Employment Law Project ( NELP), a non-profit organization that advocates for higher minimum wages.

In addition, 13 cities and counties are raising their minimum wage to $ 15 per hour or more in the new year, says the non-profit organization.

Workers in lower-cost areas will benefit most from the increases, said Paul Sonn, director of state program policies at NELP. The change will mean less for people in high-cost states like California and New York.

“Right now, in a costly state like California, a single worker needs about $ 20 per hour to pay for the basics,” Sonn said. “Considering that $ 15 is what a single worker in a less expensive state like Alabama, Florida or Texas needs.”

“Fifteen dollars per hour has become the new minimum wage, which means that it’s to pay for the basics,” he said. “It’s just the beginning, those with children and in expensive states need even more.”

Currently, 29 states and the District of Columbia have minimum wages above the federal minimum wage of $ 7.25 per hour. The federal minimum for workers who receive tips is $ 2.13 per hour.

The states that increase the minimum wage in 2019 are: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island, Dakota South, Washington and Vermont, according to NELP.

Over the course of the new year, more than 17 million workers will see an increase compared to the highest minimum wages, NELP said.