California’s minimum wage is climbing to $15.50 an hour in January because of inflation Read more at: - South Arkansas Sun

California’s minimum wage will increase again in January, rising to $15.50 an hour for all workers.

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the raise Thursday, citing inflation above 7%. Newsom's office cited the COVID-19 outbreak and Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Former Gov. Jerry Brown in 2016 signed the law that set in motion a series of minimum wage increases peaking at $15 an hour this year. The hike Newsom announced is the first increase triggered by inflation.

“The wage increase will benefit millions of California households that are struggling to keep pace with the highest rate of inflation in decades.

For years, the state minimum wage has increased steadily while inflation numbers remained modest,” according to a statement from Newsom’s office.

Currently, California has two minimum wages: $15 an hour for employers with 26 or more employees, and $14 an hour for employers with 25 or fewer.

The minimum wage was set to increase to $15 an hour for all employers in January 2023, but now will increase to $15.50 for all employers.

The announced increase was hailed by labor groups, including SEIU California.

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