The labor market is struggling to emerge from the crisis, with hundreds of thousands of new applications for unemployment benefits each week and aid from the federal government delayed, but there is good news for some workers in the country.
A score of states increase as of this Friday, January 1 your minimum wage, some for pennies and some for a dollar or more, to try and match the earnings to the cost of living.
In New Mexico, the minimum wage will increase to 10.50 dollars, 1.50 more than the current one, indicates a count of the chain CNN. In California, employers with more than 26 workers or more will have to pay a wage of 14 dollars per hour, one dollar more than until now. It is the highest state-based salary in the country. As opposed, Florida it only gives a raise of nine cents.
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At the federal level, the minimum wage remains at the same level as in 2009: $ 7.25 per hour. There are 20 states that establish a minimum payment of this value or less in 2021.
The raises are a breath of relief for millions of families who have essential jobs and are battling an economic recession, without much room to negotiate their hourly pay with their employers.
“We have many low-wage service workers who are working during the COVID-19 crisis, many of whom have jobs with a higher risk of contagion,” said Ken Jacobs of the University of California-Berkeley.
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A total of 14 million Americans They were also unable to renew their unemployment benefits over the end of the year, due to delays in the new federal aid package. Experts estimate that perhaps have to wait weeks to receive payments.
Minimum wages, state by state
Some states will have a raise of just between 8 and 20 cents on the dollar with the following minimum wages: Alaska, $10.34; Arizona, $12.15; Florida, $8.65; Maine, $12.15; Minnesota, $10.08; Montana, $8.75; Ohio, $8.80; Dakota del sur, $ 9.45; and Washington, $13.69.
Colorado records an increase of 32 cents, bringing his salary to $ 12.32. Others gave a little more, between 70 and 85 cents, such as Maryland, up to $ 11.75; Massachusetts, $13.50; Missouri, $10.30; NY, $ 12.50; and Vermont, $ 11.75. By last, New Mexico had the biggest increase: $ 1.5, with a minimum wage of $ 10.50 in 2021.
Workers will be paid a dollar more starting in January in the states of Arkansas, up to $ 11.00; California, $14.00; Illinois, $ 11.00; and New Jersey, $12.00.
More requests for unemployment and delayed aid
Difficulties buying food, paying rent and basic services are compounded by the high rates of layoffs in the country.
In the last week, there were 841,000 new applications for unemployment benefits, as reported by the Labor Department on Thursday. In addition, 308,000 applications were registered to a federal unemployment program for part-time workers, the self-employed and others who usually cannot apply for regular benefits.
A total of 14 million people receive unemployment benefits, but have suffered delays in their allocations due to the delay of the president, Donald Trump, in signing the latest stimulus package approved by Congress.
Two federal unemployment assistance programs expired Saturday, December 26, at midnight. The new legislation established an extension until mid-March, and an additional weekly payment of $ 300, but because Trump signed the law on Sunday, the programs expired. It is estimated that payments will not restart until next week.
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States can take two to three weeks to update their systems to resume aid programs and pay the additional $ 300, Michele Evermore, an analyst with the National Employment Law Project, an advocacy group for workers, told the Associated Press.