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Wash. Minimum Wage Will Rise To $9.19 Per Hour

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File photo of a dollar sign.  (credit: James Shearman/GettyImages)

File photo of a dollar sign. (credit: James Shearman/GettyImages)

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state’s minimum wage is increasing 15 cents to $9.19 per hour.

The Department of Labor & Industries said Friday the new rules will go into effect in January. Washington is already the state with the highest minimum wage in the country.

Washington voters approved a process to calculate the minimum wage in 1998, and the new increase reflects a rise in the Consumer Price Index. That has been driven upward recently due to gasoline prices.

Oregon has the next highest minimum wage, and its 2013 floor will be $8.95 per hour.

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