Arizona raising minimum wage to $7.25 on Jan. 1

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PHOENIX -- Arizona's minimum wage is going up.

The state Industrial Commission is setting the rate at $7.25 per hour, effective Jan. 1. That's up from the current $6.90.

Under a voter-approved law, the Industrial Commission annually considers changing the rate to reflect changes in the federal government's consumer price index.

The commission says the change approved Wednesday means that Arizona's minimum wage in 2009 will continue to exceed the Federal minimum wage through the first half of 2009.

The federal minimum wage has been $6.55 per hour since July but will rise to $7.25 per hour next July, matching the Arizona rate.

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