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Minimum wage to increase in 26 states in 2020

Posted at 4:36 PM, Dec 27, 2019

The minimum wage will increase in 26 states and the District of Columbia in 2020, with 22 states enacting an increase on Jan. 1, according to a report released by Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory U.S.

The highest minimum wage employees in the country will remain in Seattle, with workers making a minimum of $16 an hour at large employers, and $15 an hour at small employers. The state of Washington will offer the highest statewide minimum wage at $13.50 an hour.

In New York City, the minimum wage will go to $15 an hour for all employers next week. Employees at New York City's three main airports will clock in a minimum wage of $15.60 an hour.

The minimum wage in California will see a $1 increase to $13 an hour on January 1.

Several states, such as Florida, Ohio and Montana, base increases to the minimum wage on inflation or on adjusting for the cost of living. The minimum wage in Florida will go up 10 cents to $8.56 an hour based off a 1.12 percent increase in the cost of living.

While a majority of states will see an increase to minimum wage, many will not. In Georgia and Wyoming, the states will continue to have the lowest statewide minimum wage at $5.15 an hour, although most workers will be subjected to the higher federal standard minimum wage of $7.25 an hour.

For more details on changes to the minimum wage, click here .