Washington's minimum wage is set to increase to $8.67 from $8.55, beginning Jan. 1, according to the state Department of Labor and Industries.
The 12-cent increase is the result of a 1.4 percent increase in the consumer price index for urban wage earners and clerical workers. The CPI-W is a national index that covers the cost of goods and services needed for day-to-day living, according to a news release.
The $8.55 minimum wage for 2010 – highest in the nation – was unchanged from 2009 because the CPI-W actually decreased in the period. Washington is one of 10 states that adjusts the minimum wage based on inflation and CPI. The federal minimum wage is $7.25.