The agency responsible for setting Washington state’s minimum-wage rate announced on the last day of September that it will remain the same for all of 2016 — $9.47.
Washington’s minimum wage rate is linked to the Consumer Price Index, which did not rise in 2015, thereby freezing the rate at $9.47 per hour.
According to the department of Labor & Industries’ news release,
“It’s the second time the state minimum wage has remained flat since passage of the initiative [I-688 in 1998]. The last time was in 2010. An estimated 67,000 full-time equivalent wage jobs are affected, according to the state Employment Security Department. For years, Washington’s minimum wage has been the highest in the country. That will change Jan. 1, 2016, when minimum wage in California and Massachusetts will reach $10 per hour.”