The federal minimum wage in the US has been unchanged at $7.25 per hour for over a decade, but Americans can expect higher wages in the new year.
ADP, a human resource company, has compiled a list of all the cities and counties that increases their hourly pay rates in January, as seen in an published article on its website on November 7, 2022.
22 states and several counties across the US are raising their minimum wages. These include: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington state.
The data from Consumer Price Index shows that the District of Columbia, which is not a state, will also increase its minimum wage in July. Some of the counties raising their wages include Oakland, CA, San Diego, CA, San Jose, CA, Santa Clara, CA, Denver, CO, Minneapolis, MN, SeaTac, WA and Seattle WA.
The federal minimum wage will stay at $7.25 in 2023, and states must pay at least this amount to their workers. An article published by CNBC on January 14, 2021 stated that President Biden promised to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour, but this has not yet been implemented.
In 2021, Senator Sinema and eight Democrats voted against the inclusion of a minimum wage increase in the American Rescue Plan Act, according to an article published by Washington Post on March 6, 2021. The current Congress is divided, with Democrats controlling the Senate and Republicans holding a majority in the House.
Republicans generally support modest increases to the minimum wage, such as the $10 per hour increase over four years proposed by Senators Romney and Cotton, which would then be adjusted for inflation every two years