OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Washington state's minimum wage is increasing to $9.04 an hour starting in January. The Department of Labor and Industries announced the change Friday, raising the barrier from $8.67 an hour.
The move will keep the state's minimum wage as the highest in the nation. Washington's minimum wage is adjusted each year for inflation as measured by the Consumer Price Index for the past 12 months, which is up more than 4 percent.
The yearly recalculation is required by Initiative 688, which was approved by Washington voters in 1998. Washington is one of 10 states that adjusts the minimum wage based on inflation and the Consumer Price Index.
Oregon has the second highest minimum wage and recently announced that it will rise to $8.80 an hour in 2012.