Twenty US states, plus the District of Columbia, come Thursday how the minimum wage rises due to new laws that take effect with the beginning of 2015 , so that 29 states in 50 of the country will have a higher salary to federal minimum of $ 7.25 an hour.
These increases are given by legislative requirements to be updated with inflation compensation in 11 states and decisions of legislators and voters in nine others, plus the District of Columbia where the capital is Washington.
The increases range from 12 cents per hour of Florida to $ 1.25 per hour from South Dakota.
According to the study center Economic Policy Institute, these increases will affect about 3.1 million workers across the country.
Leading the minimum wage in the US are now at Washington (West Coast) on $ 9.47, followed by Oregon with 9.25 dollars; Vermont and Connecticut on $ 9.15; and Massachusetts and Rhode Island with $ 9 an hour.
These changes contrast with the lock at the federal level since the US Congress, especially Republicans, opposed to a rise.
This has been another of the reasons for confrontation between the White House and the legislature, and President Barack Obama has asked unsuccessfully that the minimum hourly wage of $ 7.25 to $ 10.10 rise to the argument that is positive for the economy.
The last time the federal minimum wage was revised in 2007.
Not only states but also the governments of large cities have given a boost to minimum wages, as has been the case in San Francisco and Seattle that progressive increases approved this year to reach $ 15 an hour in 2017 or Chicago for $ 13.