Minimum wage exceeds $16 an hour in Los Angeles – KIRO 7 News Seattle

Minimum wage exceeds $16 an hour in Los Angeles On July 1, the minimum wage rose to $16.04 in Los Angeles as part of the city’s efforts to address income inequality. (DTM)

LOS ANGELES — The minimum wage rose Friday to $16.04 in Los Angeles as part of the city’s efforts to tackle income inequality.

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The increase, which was made official in February, is expected to benefit about 600,000 Los Angeles residents, according to Mayor Eric Garcetti’s office. The mayor has spearheaded efforts to raise the minimum wage, the Los Angeles Times reported.

“We fought to raise the minimum wage because hard work should always be greeted with the dignity, respect and opportunity that a fair wage brings,” Garcetti said in February in a statement announcing the wage hike.

The increase is the first mandated by a city ordinance that will see the minimum wage increase each year, starting Friday, based on the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ consumer price index for urban wage earners and office workers in the Los Angeles metro area, officials said.

“The increase in the minimum wage rate is intended to help us move toward a better economy and ensure that employees can have their basic needs met,” said Mike Davis, acting chairman of the Los Angeles Board of Public Works Commission, earlier this year.

On Friday, workers in unincorporated parts of Los Angeles County also saw their minimum wage increase to $15.96 in a decision announced in March by the county’s Department of Consumer and Corporate Affairs.

“This wage adjustment is consistent with the spirit of the ordinance to ensure wages keep pace with inflation and support a stable workforce,” Rafael Carbajal, director of the Department of Health, said in March. consumption and business. “A healthy local economy means support for both labor and industry.”

As in the city, the minimum wage for workers in the county will be increased each year based on the consumer price index, according to the Times.

The increases apply to people who work at least two hours a week in the city or unincorporated county of Los Angeles, regardless of their immigration status or whether they are full-time workers, at part-time or temporary.

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