Washington minimum wage rises to $9.32 an hour

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SEATTLE — Washington’s already highest-in-the-nation minimum wage jumps to $9.32 an hour today.

The hourly increase of 13 cents, from $9.19 to $9.32 an hour, reflects a change in the Consumer Price Index, according to the state Department of Labor and Industries.

Voters approved an initiative in 1998 that requires the state agency to make a cost-of-living adjustment to its minimum wage each year based on the federal Consumer Price Index for urban wage earners and clerical workers.

Washington has the highest minimum wage in the nation, followed by Oregon. The minimum wage in Oregon also goes up today, by 15 cents, from $8.95 to $9.10. The federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour.

Washington’s minimum wage has gone up every year since 1999, according to state labor data.

The state is one of 10 that adjust the minimum wage based on inflation and the Consumer Price Index.

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