Minimum wage increases by 50 cents in California for 2018

Monday, January 01, 2018 10:43PM
It's a new year and that means for the second year in a row, minimum wages will go up in California.


GLENDALE, Calif. - It's a new year and that means for the second year in a row, minimum wages will go up in California.

Across the state, it went up $0.50 to $10.50 an hour at businesses with less than 25 employees. For larger businesses, it goes up to $11 an hour.

Los Angeles County already has a higher minimum wage that went into effect last July. It's $10.50 and $12, again based on the size of the business. In July 2018, the wages will increase to $12 and $13.25.

Some people do not feel it's enough. Larry Gross from the Coalition for Economic Survival said the increases still do not average enough for rent.

"It currently takes about four minimum wage jobs to afford the average rent in L.A. This increase, while needed, will have little impact on relieving our housing crisis," he said in a statement.

Statewide the minimum wage will continue to rise over the next five years, hitting $15 an hour by 2023. In Los Angeles County, those increases will happen faster for larger businesses by 2020.
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