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Oregon's minimum wage going up in 2012

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SALEM, OR (KPTV) -

State Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian announced today that Oregon's minimum wage will rise to $8.80 per hour next year.  

That is a 30-cent increase from the current minimum wage.

"Safeguarding the wages of low-income workers is especially critical in a tough economy," Avakian said. "Oregon's economy will not rebound if we allow 144,538 minimum wage earners to fall behind inflation."

Ballot Measure 25, enacted by Oregon voters in 2002, requires a minimum wage adjustment annually based on changes in inflation as measured by the Consumer Price Index.

Oregon is one of ten states that annually adjusts the minimum wage based on inflation and the CPI.  Washington makes the same adjustment.  In Washington,  the minimum wage is currently $8.67 per hour.  Washington will announce its 2012 minimum wage later this month.

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