In the 13 states that boosted their minimums at the beginning of the year, the number of jobs grew an average of 0.85 percent from January through June. The average for the other 37 states was 0.61 percent.
Nine of the 13 states increased their minimum wages automatically in line with inflation:
Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Missouri, Montana, Ohio, Oregon, Vermont and Washington. Four more states. Connecticut, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island, approved legislation mandating the increases.
Twelve of those states have seen job growth this year, while employment in Vermont has been flat. The number of jobs in Florida has risen 1.6 percent this year, the most of the 13 states with higher minimums. Its minimum rose to $7.93 an hour from $7.79 last year.
Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story at Some US states with higher minimum wages gain more jobs | Minnesota Public Radio News.