WINNING: Numbers Show Pay Raise for Over 7 Million US Workers

A record number of states, cities, and counties have boosted the minimum wage this year resulting in almost 7 millions workers benefiting from pay increases.

On or around January 1, the minimum wage increased in 21 states, while another 26 cities and counties also boosting their baseline pay at year start.  Later in the year, an additional four state and 23 cities and counties will hike their minimum wage, according to the National Employment Law Project, a workers right group.

The federal minimum wage hasn’t changed in almost 10 years despite the surge in higher minimum wage laws across the country.  The federal baseline wage has been mired at $7.25 an hour for a decade.  That marks a record-long period of time without an increase to the federal minimum wage.

The Raise the Wage Act of 2019 passed last year by the U.S. House of Representatives, would boost the federal minimum wage to $15 per by 2025, but the bill hasn’t yet been taken up by the senate for debate.  In the meantime, states, cities and counties are taking their own steps to boost minimum wage laws. 

A record-low unemployment across most of the country also has played a role, forcing employers to bid up wages to attract qualified employees.
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