May 28, 2007
Reported by: Associated Press
About 305,000 Louisiana workers will get a pay raise by the time the federal minimum wage increases to $7.15 per hour in two years.
That's according to the Washington-based Economic Policy Institute.
The change increases the current $5.15 per hour minimum wage in three, 70-cent increments, beginning this summer.
The number of workers affected in Louisiana by the increase is down from the 366,000 projected in 2005. That's because the post-hurricane worker shortage has prompted employers to increase wages, especially in the service sector.