The minimum wage in Arizona will increase from $7.90 per hour to $8.05 per hour effective January 1, 2015, according to the Industrial Commission of Arizona.
Arizona voters enacted the Raise the Minimum Wage for Working Arizonans Act in 2006. The voter initiative established an Arizona minimum wage and provided for an annual increase based on the increase in the cost of living, with the amount of the minimum wage increase rounded to the nearest multiple of five cents.
The cost of living is based on the federal Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers, U.S. City Average for all items during the 12 months ending each August 31 (CPI-U). The CPI-U is a national index covering the cost of goods and services. The CPI-U increased 1.7 percent comparing August 2013 to August 2014. Applying the 1.7 percent increase in the CPI-U to the 2014 Arizona minimum wage of $7.90 results in an increase of 13.4 cents to $8.03, which when rounded to the nearest multiple of five cents results in the amount of $8.05.
At a public meeting held on October 16, 2014, the Industrial Commission of Arizona calculated that Arizona’s minimum wage of $7.90 per hour would be increased by $0.15 to $8.05 for calendar year 2015. Arizona’s minimum wage of $8.05 per hour will be higher than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 through 2015. (Industrial Commission of Arizona, Press Release, October 17, 2014, www.ica.state.az.us/PublicNotices/LABOR_MinimumWagePressRelease_2015.pdf; Industrial Commission of Arizona, 2015 Minimum Wage Resolution, October 16, 2014, www.ica.state.az.us/PublicNotices/LABOR_MinimumWageResolution_2015.pdf.)
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