24 states to raise their minimum wages in 2022

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    2021 was a year of galloping inflation in the US Those who lived on the minimum wage could hardly keep up with rising costs.

    But help is on the way. Almost half of US states will raise their minimum wages in 2022, according to a summary from Paycor, a company that develops HR software.

    Some of these states are gradually increasing their minimum wage over a period of years with the aim of reaching the maximum limit of $ 15 an hour. In fact, this year California will be the first state to officially reach a minimum wage of $ 15. (The District of Columbia hit this mark in 2020.)

    Other states do not have the $ 15 target, but are increasing wages nonetheless.

    The following are the states that will raise their minimum wages in 2022:

    • Arizona: USD 12.80 (from the 2021 minimum wage of USD 12.15)
    • California: $ 15 ($ 14)
    • Colorado: $ 12.56 ($ 12.32)
    • Connecticut: $ 14, effective July 1, 2022 ($ 13)
    • Florida: $ 11.1, effective September 30, 2022 ($ 10)
    • Illinois: $ 12 ($ 11)
    • Maine: $ 12.75 ($ 12.15)
    • Maryland: $ 12.50 ($ 11.75)
    • Massachusetts: $ 14.25 ($ 13.50)
    • Michigan: $ 9.87 ($ 9.65)
    • Minnesota: $ 10.33 ($ 10.08)
    • Missouri: $ 11.15 ($ 10.30)
    • Montana: $ 9.20 ($ 8.75)
    • Nevada: $ 9.50 effective July 1, 2022 ($ 8.75)
    • New Jersey: $ 13 ($ 12)
    • New Mexico: $ 11.50 ($ 10.50)
    • new York: $ 13.20 ($ 12.50)
    • Ohio: $ 9.30 ($ 8.80)
    • Oregon: $ 13.50 effective July 1, 2022 ($ 12.75)
    • Rhode Island: $ 12.25 ($ 11.50)
    • South Dakota: $ 9.95 ($ 9.45)
    • Vermont: $ 12.55 ($ 11.75)
    • Virginia: $ 11 ($ 9.50)
    • Washington: $ 14.49 ($ 13.69)

    In these countries, too, the minimum wage increases must not end. Paycor says at least three other states – North Carolina, Oklahoma, and Tennessee – are considering laws that could raise their minimum wages later this year.

    In some states, the new minimum wage does not apply to all employers. For example, California’s $ 15 minimum wage is only required by companies that have 26 or more employees. Smaller businesses can pay $ 14 an hour. In Nevada, the $ 9.50 hourly minimum wage applies only to employers who offer health insurance. Those who don’t have to pay their workers at least $ 10.50 an hour. Maryland, Minnesota, and New Jersey also limit their increases to certain employers.

    For more information on «getting by» where you live, see The Living Wage in Each State in 2021.

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