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Washington minimum wage gets 15-cent bump per hour

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Employees at Rocket Bakery say every penny counts when making minimum wage. Employees at Rocket Bakery say every penny counts when making minimum wage.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

For yet another year, Washington state has the highest minimum wage in the country. Starting January 1, Washington's minimum wage went up to $9.47. That's up from $9.32.

Employees at Rocket Bakery in Spokane say every penny counts when you're making minimum wage, so getting 15 cents more an hour is the perfect way to start the new year.

"I'm a full-time student so any kind of extra income helps out a ton," said employee Michaela Newton.

Now the business is left to figure out how to handle the increased cost.

"We have been discussing for a couple months about raising the prices here just so we can meet demands. The prices of all of our supplies are going up, so we're going to have to make adjustments," said manager Courtney Zickler.

Zickler says she hopes customers will help offset the cost of paying her employees more money.

"It may effect us, but I think we'll be able to make it up, especially because we're increasing in profits every month," said Zickler.

The hourly increase will mean an additional $312 this year for workers making minimum wage.

"I'm probably not going to be on food stamps anymore. I've been doing that just because it really helps doing rent, and car, and school tuition and books and everything. Just getting help in anyway just really makes a big difference.

Over the course of a year a full-time employee in Washington, being paid minimum wage, would make nearly $5,000 more than the same person being paid the federal minimum.

While Washington has the highest minimum wage in the country, Oregon is second on the list. Oregon's minimum wage also jumped fifteen cents in the new year from $8.95 to $9.10.

Washington's minimum wage has gone up every year since 1999.

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