L.A.’s Minimum Wage to Increase to $16.04 in July

The minimum wage will increase from $15 to $16.04 on July 1, officials announced Thursday

The city of Los Angeles will raise its hourly minimum wage from $15 to $16.04 on July 1, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Thursday.

The increase is based on the consumer price index published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and has steadily gone up over the last seven years.

The wage will apply to businesses of all sizes, according to the city’s website.

In 2015, L.A. City Council passed an ordinance to raise the city’s minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2020, becoming the largest city in the nation to implement such a mandate. About 600,000 Angelenos will be impacted by the latest change.

“We fought to raise the minimum wage because hard work should always be met with the dignity, respect, and opportunity that fair pay brings,” Garcetti said. “Our decision to end poverty wages in L.A. caused a ripple effect across the nation, and this additional increase is the latest reason to celebrate today – and a reminder of how our fight for better wages is far from finished.”

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