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WA Minimum Wage to Increase by 13 Cents on Jan. 1, 2014

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TUMWATER, Wash. -- The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries says the state's minimum wage will increase by 13 cents to $9.32 an hour starting January 1, 2014. 

An initiative passed by voters in 1998 requires L&I to annually adjust the minimum wage based on changes in the Consumer Price Index, which reflects the cost of goods and services needed for day-to-day living; that index rose by 1.455% throughout the 2013 calendar year.

The index monitors goods that include basic living costs such as food, clothing, shelter, fuels and services such as doctor visits.

The state of Washington has the highest minimum wage in the country, followed by Oregon, where lawmakers recently announced minimum wage will rise to $9.10 per hour in 2014.

The minimum wage in Washington applies to workers in both agricultural and non-agricultural jobs, but 14 and 15-year-olds may be paid 85% of the adult minimum wage, or $7.92 per hour in 2014.