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Minimum Wage Going Up In 8 States

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- While some workers are worried about smaller paychecks next year, more than 1.4 million low-income earners will see their wages go up on New Year's Day.

Minimum wage rates in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Montana, Ohio, Oregon, Vermont and Washington will rise between 28 and 37 cents per hour on Jan. 1, thanks to state laws requiring that minimum wage keeps pace with inflation.

Rates in these states will range from $7.64 per hour (in Colorado), to $9.04 (in Washington) in 2012.

While the federal minimum wage rate is $7.25 -- amounting to annual income of just over $15,000 -- 18 states and Washington, D.C., have rates above the federal level. Ten states raise their rates each year to make sure wages reflect increases in the cost of living. (Nevada will revise its minimum wage in July, while Missouri's rate is still under the federal minimum wage.)

The small boosts for 2012 are estimated to tack an extra $582 to $770 a year onto the paychecks of full-time workers, according to the National Employment Law Project, a non-profit advocacy group.

What's more, the increases could be a mini-boost for the economy. The expected rise in consumer spending as a result of the wage increases would add $366 million to the nation's gross domestic product and lead to the creation of more than 3,000 full-time jobs. click here to read more

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