In 20 U.S. states, the minimum wage will increase tomorrow, from cents to more than a dollar.
You can see how much the minimum wage has increased in each state here. The job market is still struggling to recover from the recession, with hundreds of thousands of new unemployment claims filed each week and federal aid delayed, but there is some positive news for some employees in the country.
About twenty states have increased their minimum salaries, some by cents and others by a dollar or more, as of this Friday, January 1st, in an attempt to bring earnings up to the cost of living.
The federal minimum wage remains at $7.25 per hour, the same as it was in 2009. In 2021, 20 states will have a minimum wage of this amount or less.
The rises are a breath of fresh air for millions of families who rely on their jobs and are coping with the effects of the recession, with little room to bargain with their employers about their hourly wage.
“During the pandemic crisis, we have many low-wage service workers, many of whom have employment with a higher risk of infection,” said Ken Jacobs of the University of California-Berkeley.
Due to delays in the new government aid package, a total of 14 million Americans were unable to extend their jobless benefits before the end of the year. According to experts, they may have to wait weeks for payment.
State-by-State Minimum Wages
Only 8 to 20 cents will be raised in some states, with the following minimum wages: $10.34 in Alaska; $12.15 in Arizona; $8.65 in Florida; $12.15 in Maine; $10.08 in Minnesota; $8.75 in Montana; $8.80 in Ohio; $9.45 in South Dakota; and $13.69 in Washington.
Colorado’s pay has increased by 32 cents, bringing it to $12.32. Others, such as Maryland, up to $11.75; Massachusetts, $13.50; Missouri, $10.30; New York, $12.50; and Vermont, $11.75, gave a little more, between 70 and 85 cents. Finally, New Mexico received the greatest raise: $1.50, with a minimum wage of $10.50 in 2021.
Starting in January, workers in Arkansas will be paid an extra dollar up to $11.00; California, $14.00; Illinois, $11.00; and New Jersey, $12.00.
Unemployment claims are increasing, and payments are being delayed.
The high number of layoffs in the country adds to the difficulty of buying food, paying rent, and getting essential services.
According to the Labor Department, there were 841,000 new applications for unemployment benefits in the last week. In addition, 308,000 people applied for a federal unemployment program for part-time workers, self-employed people, and others who aren’t eligible for normal benefits.
A total of 14 million people get unemployment benefits, but their payments have been delayed owing to President Donald Trump’s failure to sign the most recent stimulus package approved by Congress.
On Saturday, December 26, two federal jobless assistance programs were set to expire at midnight. The new legislation provided for a six-week extension and a $300 weekly payout, but because Trump signed the bill on Sunday, the programs were no longer in effect. Payments aren’t likely to start again until the following week.
According to Michele Evermore, an analyst with the National Employment Law Project, a workers’ advocacy group, updating state systems to begin aid programs and pay the additional $300 can take two to three weeks.