EUGENE, Ore. -- Minimum wage workers in Oregon have received a 50-cent raise as part of a phased-in series of annual increases.
KOIN-TV reports the bump in pay Monday impacted about 162,000 Oregonians.
The Oregon State Legislature in 2016 approved a set of increases in the minimum wage until 2022, when the wage will be tied to inflation. For the Portland metro area, the minimum wage will top out at $14.75 an hour.
KEZI 9 News talked to single mom Kelly Heimen, who raised her children off minimum wage most of their lives. She said the increase is a great thing.
"I know how hard it was for me to do minimum wage and not being able to live off of it," said Heimen. "I'm happy to see it go up and I'd like to see it go up more."
The legislation also created Oregon's unique three-tier minimum wage system to take into account differences in the state's urban and rural areas.
Around Portland, the minimum wage increased from $12 to $12.50. The standard wage is now $11.25 an hour for more than a dozen counties, including Marion, Yamhill and Tillamook. In nonurban counties, the pay was bumped to $11.
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