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Wash. Minimum Wage Jumps to $9.32 an Hour in 2014

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Starting Wednesday, January 1st, the minimum wage in Washington will go up 13 cents. The increase brings the 2014 minimum wage to $9.32 an hour, maintaining the highest minimum wage in the country. Starting Wednesday, January 1st, the minimum wage in Washington will go up 13 cents. The increase brings the 2014 minimum wage to $9.32 an hour, maintaining the highest minimum wage in the country.

NBCRightNow.com - The new year is bringing a bigger paycheck for minimum wage workers.

Starting Wednesday, January 1st, the minimum wage in Washington will go up 13 cents. The increase brings the 2014 minimum wage to $9.32 an hour, maintaining the highest minimum wage in the country.

The annual minimum wage increase is a welcome change to workers, but it can be difficult for employers that need to find the extra money in their budget.

A Kennewick restaurant owner told NBC Right Now the pay increase requires many adjustments to off-set the pay raise, like reduced worker hours or raising the prices on customers.

"It's not the only thing that's going up. Other things going up, utilities, food, all those things as a combination together they make a significant impact," said Steve Simmons, Country Gentleman restaurant manager.

But some workers say they need the extra money to meet their rising expenses.

"It's a good thing. It helps out families that are working minimum wage jobs and students that are working minimum wage jobs just to sustain how they live, what they're working for and saving up," said minimum wage worker Cheyenne Maine.

Simmons says in recent years restaurants added jobs nationwide, but Washington restaurants lost jobs. He added that since 1998 the industry lost 42,000 jobs in Washington.

Oregon's minimum wage will rise from $8.95 to $9.10 an hour. Oregon has the second highest minimum wage in the country.

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