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Mon December 31, 2012

Florida Minimum Wage Up On Jan. 1

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Tuesday morning, Florida's minimum wage jumps 12 cents, from $7.67 to $7.79. Florida Today  reports that since 2004, the state's minimum wage has been constitutionally linked to increases in the cost of living - one of just 10 states with similar wage mandates. 

The Florida Today story explains that the raise will affect a relatively small number of workers:

...only about 210,000 out of 7.4 million employed workers Florida workers will benefit from the increase. Most entry-level jobs are slightly above minimum wage, according to figures from WorkForce One, a federally funded organization that links employers with job seekers.

According to data from the U.S. Department of Labor, Florida's pre-raise minimum wage was eighth highest in the country. Included below is a list of the 10 highest minimum wages as of January 1, 2012.

  1. $9.04 - Washington
  2. $8.80 - Oregon
  3. $8.46 - Vermont
  4. $8.25 - Connecticut, Washington D.C., Illinois, Nevada
  5. $8.00 - California, Massachusetts
  6. $7.75 - Alaska
  7. $7.70 - Ohio
  8. $7.67 - Florida
  9. $7.65 - Arizona, Montana
  10. $7.64 - Colorado

Source: Department of Labor http://www.dol.gov/whd/minwage/america.htm#Consolidated

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