January will see the implementation of minimum wage increases in a total of 22 states with four more raising the minimum wage later in the year, according to a report from Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory.
“These minimum wage increases indicate moves toward ensuring a living wage for people across the country,” said Deirdre Kennedy, senior payroll analyst at Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory U.S. “In addition to previously approved incremental increases, the change in presidential administration earlier this year and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic have also contributed to these changes.”
According to the report the highest minimum wage in the country will be in West Hollywood, California at $17.64 per hour for hotel workers. California will also have the highest state rate at $15.00 per hour.
Currently the state with the lowest minimum wage is Pennsylvania at $7.25 per hour.
In April President Joe Biden signed an Executive Order requiring a $15 minimum wage for workers on federal contracts, which will become effective January 30th, 2022.