Minimum wage in Arizona raised to $7.80/hour

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Minimum wage in Arizona raised to $7.80/hour

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Effective January 1, 2013, Arizona's minimum wage is $7.80 per hour. Effective January 1, 2013, Arizona's minimum wage is $7.80 per hour.

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - One worker says, "It's not much, but it's something."

Effective January 1, 2013, Arizona's minimum wage is $7.80 per hour.

The minimum wage increases in several states, including Washington, Arizona, Colorado, Montana and Oregon on New Year's Day.

Sixteen-year-old high school students Miranda Olson says the raise at her part-time cafe job will help her toward her goal of buying a car.

Many workers around the country won't be as lucky as residents of Washington state, which is raising its minimum wage by 15 cents an hour to $9.19 even though it already has the highest state baseline in the country.

Among the nine states with automatic adjustments, the average minimum wage is $8.12 an hour, up from a little under $8. States that do not have automatic changes operate with an average minimum wage of about $7.40.

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