SYRACUSE (TNS) — A 5.6% increase in the minimum wage takes effect Friday in Upstate New York.
Minimum wage for Upstate workers will go from $12.50 an hour to $13.20, according to the state Labor Department. The change affects employees everywhere outside New York City, Long Island and Westchester County.
The 70 cent an hour increase means an extra $28 a week for someone working a full-time minimum wage job.
Assembly Speaker Carl E. Heastie, a New York City Democrat issued a statement on the wage increase.
“The Assembly Majority believes that putting families first means that every hardworking New Yorker is able to earn a meaningful wage to achieve financial independence and support their families,” he said.
New York established a tiered schedule of minimum wage increases in 2016, with the goal of eventually raising the wage to $15 an hour everywhere.
Minimum wage workers in New York City already earn $15 an hour. The wage will rise from $14 an hour to $15 for Long Island and Westchester at the end of the year.
Although the goal is also $15 an hour for Upstate, annual increases for the region are determined each year by the commissioner of labor based on economic indices, including the Consumer Price Index.
Fast food workers were on a different schedule for raises. They already earn $15 an hour everywhere in the state.