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Increasing the Federal Minimum Wage Would Give More than 180,000 West Virginia Workers a Raise

August 14, 2012

If the federal government increased the minimum wage from $7.25 to $9.80 per hour it would give an estimated 182,000 workers in West Virginia a raise while also generating approximately 800 new jobs over three years, $300 million in additional wages, and $200 million in state economic activity. This according to a new report released today by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI). Read