Employees in 40 States and Cities and Towns Across USA Get Higher Minimum Wage in 2017

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In 2017 Employers are left with no other option but to pay workers more.

A total of  (40) forty (19 states and 21 local jurisdictions) raised their minimum wages at the start of 2017, according to the National Employment Law Project, a workers’ rights advocacy group based in New York City.

Employees may earn more because of the law .  The new law and regulations may help workers negotiate for more money. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported Jan. 6 that the average hourly wage rose by 10 cents in December 2016 from the previous month to $26.00 and rose by 2.9 percent over the year, representing the largest annual increase since 2009.

Experts agreed that minimum-wage increases around the country have helped at the bottom end of wage distribution but that the impact on the average wage growth has been minimal.

Strong Growth Predicted

Economists predict that average wages will increase in 2017 at a faster rate.

Employers will continue to hire and raise wages for the in fields that are in the highest demand—engineering, high tech, nursing— Workers in these sectors will get a raise in 2017.