Minimum Wage in New York Set to Increase on December 31

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Central New York workers making minimum wage will soon get a larger paycheck at the end of the week, as the state continues phasing in an eventual $15/hour statewide.

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For most of the state, it will increase from $11.10 to $11.70 on December 31, 2019.

The wage rose to $15 per hour for companies employing 11 or more in New York City on December 31, 2018, and will rise to $15/hour for companies employing 10 or fewer this year. In Long Island and Westchester, it will rise to $13 per hour

Governor Cuomo said the decision to continue increasing the wage came after a statutorily required report by the Division of the Budget, which found that record-low unemployment rates indicate the recent increases have been absorbed with negligible impacts on labor demand in every region.

“New York is leading the fight for economic justice, proudly setting a national example by raising the minimum wage to $15,” Governor Cuomo said. “Nearly three years after we set New York on a path to achieve a $15 minimum wage, we are seeing the benefits: record low unemployment rates, fewer people living in poverty, less people working multiple part-time jobs and more families given the opportunity to live a decent life. In New York we believe in a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work, and we won’t stop fighting until every hardworking New Yorker is paid the fair wages they deserve.”

Future increases will continue to be governed by the annual report produced by the Division of the Budget, which is required by the minimum wage statute to review the state of the economy in each region and the effects of wage increases.

Their detailed analysis then determines whether increases are made as scheduled or if there should be a delay.

Click here to see the full minimum wage report from the Division of the Budget.

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