Minimum wages rise in 18 states for new year

Minimum wages rise in 18 states for new year
Posted at 2:31 PM, Jan 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-02 11:01:19-05

(CNN) - The start of the new year brings bigger paychecks for some workers across the country.

Minimum wages are up in 18 states along with a handful of cities and counties.

In Washington state, wages are now $11.50 an hour, representing the highest state minimum in the nation.

The biggest per hour jump is by one dollar in Maine, from nine to $10.

The highest local minimum wage, $15.64 an hour, is found in SeaTac, Washington. Seattle is at $15.45 per hour.

There are now a number of California cities with minimums at $13 an hour or more.

Many of the wage bumps come as result of ballot measures with backing from the union and workers rights groups.

The federal minimum wage currently stands at $7.25 per hour.

A number of the hikes are scheduled to continue to rise in the coming years.

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