Minimum wage goes up in Oregon today

Three years ago, the Oregon Legislature slated the minimum wage for annual hikes. In Jackson County, it will be $12 in 2020, $12.75 in 2021, and $13.50 in 2022.

Posted: Jul 1, 2019 7:08 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. -- In Jackson and Josephine counties, minimum wage is going up from $10.75 to $11.25, a 50-cent increase.
Newswatch12 investigated how many people in the Rogue Valley this will impact.

Records from the Oregon Employment Department (OED)reveal more than 7% of people in the state get paid minimum wage. That's more than 160,000 jobs. This information is from all industries throughout the state during the 3rd quarter of 2018, which is more than two million jobs.

To give you a better idea of what that looks like here in the Rogue Valley:

Jackson County: out of 103,108 workers, 7,171 make minimum wage (7%).

Josephine County: out of 31,985 workers, 2,705 make minimum wage (8.5%). 

Some people NewsWatch12 spoke with said they started to see the increase in their pay about two weeks ago, but not everyone is happy about it. Some said they are worried cost of living is just going to increase and they worry about the impact on business owners.

Andrew Hubbard, opposes the increase, said, "It seems like sometimes it could put a strain on small businesses, they'll have to carry the cost either through product or absorb it. So small businesses in particular seem to be most impacted by raising the minimum wage."

Dallas Gulrich, supports the increase, told NewsWatch12, "I think that it's well deserved."

Gulrich and her husband have lived in the Rogue Valley most of their lives. She said she remembers when she first started working and only made minimum wage.

"I went to work at Jerry's Restaurant right here in Medford and I made minimum wage, I got by, but you know it wasn't a lot," she explained. 

And Gulrich said that's why she supports raising the minimum wage.

Data from OED reveals the most common minimum wage jobs in Oregon are in hospitality and retail; together, employing about 89,000 people.

Three years ago, Oregon legislature slated the minimum wage for annual hikes. It varies by county, but this is what it looks like in Jackson County: $12 in 2020, $12.75 in 2021, and $13.50 in 2022. 

Different parts of the state have different minimum wages. In the Portland Tri-County area, minimum wage is going up to $12.

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