Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Minimum Wage Goes Up $1; State's Move May Not Have Much of an Effect in Jacksonville Area as Most Earn More Than $6.15

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Minimum Wage Goes Up $1; State's Move May Not Have Much of an Effect in Jacksonville Area as Most Earn More Than $6.15

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Byline: CHRISTOPHER CALNAN

Car washer Alissa Loatman was so busy Monday she didn't have time to calculate how much more she would earn now that the state has increased the minimum wage.

Loatman, an 18-year-old senior at Robert E. Lee High School, was busy wiping down vehicles at Charles & George's Car Wash on Roosevelt Boulevard, where she works about 20 hours a week. Her hourly pay jumped 75 cents an hour when the car wash set the new minimum at $6.75.

"I haven't figured it out yet," Loatman said, noting the extra money will be welcome to have for the prom and other expenses. "I'll have more spending money. I'm definitely going to enjoy a pay raise."

Loatman is one of an estimated 399,000 workers -- less than 5 percent of the state's 8.5 million-person work force -- who will benefit from Florida's minimum wage increase Monday to $6.15 an hour, a dollar above the federal minimum wage. The minimum wage will be indexed to inflation each year. At least 13 other states have raised the minimum wage.

Tipped employees will get a guaranteed $3.13 an hour, a dollar above the federal requirement, plus whatever tips they earn. If a worker's tips and wage don't equal $6.15 an hour, the employer must make up the difference.

But it may not have much of an effect in the Jacksonville area because most workers were already earning more than the new minimum, state and regional labor officials said Monday.

Agency for Workforce Innovation spokesman Warren May said the portion of minimum wage workers is so small that the $1 increase will do little.

"Pretty much, it's a non event," he said. "To a large degree, it's inconsequential."

WorkSource, a state-funded employment agency in Jacksonville, said just eight of its nearly 700 job postings pay less than $6.15 an hour. The figure carries added weight considering that Northeast Florida employers typically pay less than in other areas of the state, WorkSource spokeswoman Candace Moody said. …

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