Montanans earning minimum wage will see increase next year

Governor Steve Bullock announced Montanans earning minimum wage will see the rate increase to $8.30 per hour beginning Jan. 1, 2018.
“People who work full time for a living shouldn’t be living in poverty. This modest increase in minimum wage means more Montana workers will have a little extra money in their pockets,” said Governor Bullock. “This economic boost will help hard-working Montana families make ends meet and ensure they aren’t falling behind.”
In 2017, the industry with the largest number of workers earning minimum wage was the accommodations and food industry followed by the retail trade industry. Combined Food and Preparation Workers, Waiters and Waitresses, Cashiers, Bartenders, and Retail Salespersons are occupations with large numbers of minimum wage workers.
39-3-409 MCA requires the Department of Labor & Industry to adjust the Montana minimum wage for inflation using the CPI-U. An estimated 3,900 workers, or approximately 0.9 percent of the workforce, receive minimum wage.
The minimum wage is determined by taking the current minimum wage of $8.15 and increasing it by the CPI-U increase from August of 2016 to August 2017.  The CPI-U increased by 1.939% over the year ending August 2017. To keep the minimum wage at the same purchasing power as the prior year, the wage should increase by $0.158 per hour.  The resulting wage is $8.308 and statute specifies that the wage must be rounded to the nearest 5 cents. 
Information relating to Montana’s minimum wage may be downloaded from the Department of Labor & Industry website at erd.dli.mt.gov.

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