Washington state's minimum wage up to $6.90 next year

Workers earning minimum wage in Washington will make $6.90 per hour starting Jan. 1, 2002, an 18-cents-an-hour increase over the current minimum wage of $6.72.
The new wage applies to workers 16 years of age and older, in both agricultural and non-agricultural jobs.
The Department of Labor and Industries recalculates the state minimum wage each year as a result of an initiative proposed by voters in 1998.
The initiative ties the minimum wage to changes in the federal Consumer Price Index for urban wage earners and clerical workers.
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