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Increases to Oregon’s minimum wage outpaced by housing costs

By Andrew Clevenger, The Bulletin, Apr 6, 2014

WASHINGTON — On Jan. 1, Oregon’s minimum wage rose to $9.10 an hour, almost $2 higher than the federal minimum wage of $7.25.

It has risen every year since 2002, when it stood at $6.50 per hour, thanks to a provision in state law that requires annual adjustments due to inflation. Currently, only Washington state, which also adjusts each year for inflation, at $9.32 and Connecticut, which raised its minimum wage to $10.10 last month, are higher.

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