Minimum wage in Washington state to go up to $9.32 on Jan. 1

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OLYMPIA (AP) — Washington state’s minimum wage will increase 13 cents to $9.32 an hour starting on New Year’s Day.

The state’s current rate of $9.19 an hour is the highest state minimum wage in the nation. The state Department of Labor and Industries announced the new wage on Monday.

Washington’s minimum wage is tied to the Consumer Price Index for the past 12 months ending Aug. 31, which is up 1.45 percent. The yearly recalculation was approved by Washington voters in 1998.

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