Minimum-wage earners, you're about to get a raise.
On Wednesday, July 1, Oregon's minimum wage increases by 50 to 75 cents, depending on the area where one works, as follows.
Portland's urban growth boundary stretches north to the Columbia River, as far west as Forest Grove, as far east as Troutdale and as far south as Wilsonville and Oregon City.
Wedged between the latter two cities, just south of the boundary, is Canby. Some other parts of Clackamas County and parts of Multnomah and Washington counties also sit outside the boundary.
Non-urban counties include Baker, Coos, Crook, Curry, Douglas, Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Jefferson, Klamath, Lake, Malheur, Morrow, Sherman, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa and Wheeler Counties, according to the Oregon Bureau of Labor & Industries.
BOLI announced the increase in a press release, noting this is the fourth year of increases since 2016. The rates will continue to increase each year until 2023, per the release, at which point they will be indexed to inflation based on Consumer Price Index, a figure published by the United States Bureau of Labor and Statistics.
Oregon's minimum wage ranks among the highest in the nation.
With the increase, only three U.S. states will pay workers a higher minimum wage in the latter half of 2020 than Oregon's $12 standard: Washington at $13.50, California at $13 and Massachusetts at $12.75. All these states also saw increases in 2020, according to U.S. News & World Report.
Washington D.C.'s minimum is also higher than Oregon's at $15, and New York's will rise higher to $12.50 on Dec. 31.
Three states meet Oregon's standard of $12 per hour: Arizona, Colorado and Maine.
At the federal level, minimum wage has not increased since 2010, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. It sits at $7.25 per hour, a full $4.25 less than Oregon's lowest minimum wage. Oregon workers must be paid Oregon's wage, with few exceptions.
"Minimum wage increases help make sure that hardworking Oregon families can afford the essentials in our state," said Labor Commissioner Van Hoyle. "If you make minimum wage, you should check your paycheck to make sure you get your raise."
Workers who aren't receiving the correct minimum wage or don't receive the increased minimum wage can contact BOLI to make a complaint at oregon.gov/minimumwage.
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