Posted by Tamara
When the North Dakota minimum wage increases, the state will join many others in the U.S. with increases falling on the same day as the hike in the federal minimum wage.
On July 24, 2009 the North Dakota minimum wage increases from $6.55 to $7.25 per hour.
North Dakota also joins a hodgepodge of state minimum wage laws that vary dramatically, both in content and in pay rates.
At the one extreme are the five states in the U.S., all of them in the South, with no state minimum wage laws whatsoever. They are Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Theoretically, if employers in those states who are not regulated by the federal minimum wage law wished to do so, they could pay their workers 10 cents an hour. That, of course, is provided they could find anyone to work at that rate.
At the other extreme is Washington State, with a minimum wage rate of $8.55 an hour.
More than half the states nationwide have set their minimum wage laws above the federal rate. Besides Washington, they include West Virginia, Washington, Vermont, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Ohio, New York, New Mexico, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Nevada, Montana, Missouri, Michigan, Massachusetts, Main, Iowa, Illinois, Hawaii, Florida, Delaware, Connecticut, Colorado, California, Arizona, and Alaska. The District of Columbia has done the same.
Kansas has the lowest minimum wage rate in the nation, at a mere $2.65 an hour. The pay level has not been adjusted upward since at least the 1990s.
Besides Washington State, others with high rates are California and Massachusetts at $8 an hour and Oregon at $8.40 hourly.
Florida recently instituted a cost of living increase for its minimum wage rate, going to $7.21 per hour in January 2009. It joins a number of other states that have legislated such hikes, including Vermont, Colorado, Arizona, Missouri, Montana, New Mexico, Kentucky, Iowa, Delaware, Oregon, and Washington. Generally, the states establish the rates based on the annual Consumer Price Index (CPI), usually for urban and clerical workers either regionally or nationwide.
Besides North Dakota, other states hiking rates on July 24, 2009 are Maryland, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas, South Dakota, Virginia, Utah, Idaho, and Nebraska.
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