Oregon Public Broadcasting

Oregon's minimum wage will be more than $9 an hour next year. State officials announced a fifteen-cent increase on Tuesday.

When voters re-wrote Oregon's minimum wage law in 2002, they tied increases to inflation. Over the last decade, it's gone up about $2 an hour - an average bump of twenty cents a year.

California lawmakers have approved increasing their minimum wage by $2 over the next three years - to $10 an hour. In Seattle, advocates are pushing for a $15-an-hour minimum - which would be almost $6 an hour more than Washington state's rate.

Oregon labor commissioner Brad Avakian says the new rate of $9.10 an hour will help working families. But he doesn't support a bigger increase.

"I think that Oregon voters got it right, in the way that we do it - in tying it to the Consumer Price Index, so that it's predictable both for employees and employers," Avakian said.

The new rate takes effect January 1, 2014.

This story originally appeared on Oregon Public Broadcasting.

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