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10 states to increase minimum wage in new year

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Hundreds of thousands of minimum-wage workers in 10 states will see a pay boost in the new year.

According to the National Employment Law Project, a non-profit advocacy group, Rhode Island workers will see the biggest paycheck increases at an average of $510 a year for the average worker. The increase comes after the state raised its minimum wage to $7.75.

The group says workers in nine other states, including Colorado, Florida and Ohio, will see the minimum wage will jump between $0.10 and $0.15 an hour.

In all, an estimated 855,000 workers will be affected by the changes.

States must pay at least the same as the federal minimum wage, which has been set at $7.25 an hour since 2009.

In 2013, 19 states and the District of Columbia will have rates above the federal level.

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