The minimum wage in Washington state will increase to $9.19 per hour next year, the highest rate in the country.
The 15-cent-per-hour increase goes into effect Jan. 1, the Department of Labor and Industries announced Friday. The change reflects a 1.67 percent increase in the Consumer Price Index.
Washington is one of ten states that adjusts its minimum wage for inflation.
Children who are 14 and 15-years-old can be paid 85 percent of the adult minimum wage.
Oregon has the second-highest minimum wage in the nation, which will be $8.95 per hour starting Jan. 1.