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Minimum wage rising to $14.20

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Minimum wage is going up in just a few days.

Governor Kathy Hochul announced Wednesday that New York was moving forward with the $15 minimum hourly wage phase-in for Upstate counties.

Minimum wage will go up to $14.20 increasing one dollar from $13.20.

Additionally, the minimum wage for home care aides, which took effect on October 1st, 2022, will also increase by $1.00 to $16.20 per hour in counties in upstate New York.

“With inflation and a national labor shortage impacting our state’s economy, my team is doing everything possible to put money in New Yorkers’ pockets and address the rising cost of living,” Governor Hochul said. “Fair, competitive wages are essential for helping families thrive and attracting top talent to our state, and our administration remains committed to using every tool at our disposal to move New York’s economy forward.”

Commissioner Roberta Reardon issued an Order calling for the minimum wage rate increase in counties outside of New York City, Long Island, and Westchester following a statutorily required economic analysis conducted by the New York State Division of the Budget.

An estimated 200,000 New Yorkers in these upstate counties will benefit from this wage increase, 44% of which are full time workers and of those, nearly 25% are supporting children below age 18. In addition, this increase will help to close the gender pay gap, providing an estimated 110,000 women with greater financial stability.

New York State’s minimum wage increases are calculated based on where an individual works and their industry. Workers in New York City, Long Island, and Westchester County currently make the $15.00 minimum hourly wage. The increases for the remainder of the state are based on percentage increases determined by the Director of the Division of the Budget in consultation with the Department of Labor following an annual review of the state economy and the labor market.

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