Ohio Minimum Wage Increasing in 2014

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 12/30/13 @ 5:50 p.m.
IRONTON, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Ohio workers currently making minimum wage will see a small raise in the new year: about 10 cents more an hour.

But many workers in Kentucky and West Virginia will still make the federal minimum: $7.25 an hour.

Miranda Huskey is on the hunt for a new job. Though, she said the prospects have been challenging.

"You'll go in for interviews, then other people will be more qualified, because they just lost really good jobs and then you're stuck," said Huskey.

She's working with case managers at the Workforce Development Resource Center in Ironton.

A new job could also mean a little more money for Huskey.

Ohio's minimum wage will increase to $7.95 an hour on January 1.

That's the highest in the tri-state.

Still, the wage in West Virginia and Kentucky will stay at $7.25.

"I am perfectly fine with minimum wage," said Huskey.

Huskey isn't alone.

"We do have the bordering states to contend with and our job seekers come from a variety of different areas and different states," said Workplace Development Resource Center Case Manager, Kristin Ferrell.

Case managers said they can see more than 100 people in a day, all looking for work.

But they said the wage isn't necessarily the most important pat of the search.

"Market your skills, know what your strengths are and the wage will come," said Ferrell.

For those on the hunt, like Huskey, low prices and a long drive won't diminish an opportunity.

"Most people are willing to, if they have transportation to, they're willing to, because ironton and around here doesn't really have a lot of job openings," said Huskey, as she and many others hope the new year will ring in a new, stable job.

Case managers said they didn't think the 10-cent hike would cause more job competition in Ohio next year.

They said they expect the tri-state job market to stay relatively similar to what we see today.

ORIGINAL STORY 12/30/13 @ 12:45 p.m.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSAZ) -- With the start of 2014, minimum wage is going up in Ohio and 12 other states.

The minimum wage in the Buckeye State is increasing 10 cents, from $7.85 an hour to $7.95 an hour.

The largest increase is in the state of Washington, where the minimum wage will jump to $9.32 an our.

We will have more on the Ohio minimum wage increase tonight on WSAZ 5:30 Edition.

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