Unless you live in a cave, you have probably heard that the Federal minimum wage increased to $5.85 an hour today. The part you may not have heard is that 32 States and the District of Columbia already require a higher minimum wage — so, those areas will see no change.
The Department of Labor has a map showing the status of various States’ minimum wage laws. No surprise, Oklahoma simply follows the Feds. Here, at least, the minimum wage increased for the first time in almost ten years — and with more to come. If you haven’t heard the details, today’s change is just the first step of a three-year process. Next year the minimum wage will increase to $6.55, and then in 2009 it will increase to $7.25.