Arizona minimum wage about to go up

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Minimum wage workers in Arizona will see a pay increase on Monday. 29 Dec. 2017 (Source: 3TV/CBS 5 News) Minimum wage workers in Arizona will see a pay increase on Monday. 29 Dec. 2017 (Source: 3TV/CBS 5 News)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

Arizona workers on the lowest end of the pay scale are about to get a raise. 

Starting Monday, the minimum wage in Arizona will rise to $10.50 from $10 an hour. 

It is the latest pay bump following the passage of Proposition 206 last year that will eventually raise the minimum wage to $12 an hour by 2020. 

Before voters approved the ballot measure, critics argued that raising the minimum wage would stunt economic growth. 

But recent numbers from the state show most of the major economic indicators have increased this year, following initial raises that have lifted the minimum wage by over $2 an hour already. 

In total, the state added 44,000 jobs this year, bringing the unemployment rate down to 4.6 percent from 5 percent one year ago, according to the Arizona Office of Economic Opportunity. 

Education and health services saw the biggest job gains, adding 12,000 jobs in 2017. 

The hospitality and service industry was second with 8,900 jobs and construction was third, adding 8,300 jobs. 

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Dennis WlechVeteran political reporter Dennis Welch is a well-respected political expert in Arizona.

Dennis Welch
Political Editor

Before making the move to television, Welch wrote and edited for the Arizona Guardian, a highly influential online news site dedicated to Arizona politics and government where he served as owner and editor. During his Guardian days, Welch was a frequent guest on “Politics Unplugged” and has been a regular fixture on the state political landscape since 2005 appearing on numerous radio and television talk shows. “I am thrilled to start working with such a talented and dedicated staff of journalists,” said Welch. “This is a great opportunity to broaden the reach of my political coverage and tell stories that affect Arizona voters and their families.” With more than 13 years of experience under his belt, Welch’s arrival only strengthens 3TV’s commitment to providing first-rate political and government coverage across all platforms. When not covering politics, Welch is an avid runner and fronts a punk rock band that plays frequently throughout the Southwest and California. Welch is a well-respected political expert in Arizona and his addition means 3TV will provide a stronger, more robust political presence in Arizona. He joins 3TV from the Arizona Guardian, a highly influential online news site dedicated to Arizona politics and government where he served as owner and editor. During his Guardian days, Welch was a frequent guest on “Politics Unplugged” and has been a regular fixture on the state political landscape since 2005 appearing on numerous radio and television talk shows. “I am thrilled to start working with such a talented and dedicated staff of journalists,” said Welch. “This is a great opportunity to broaden the reach of my political coverage and tell stories that affect Arizona voters and their families.” With more than 13 years of experience under his belt, Welch’s arrival only strengthens 3TV’s commitment to providing first-rate political and government coverage across all platforms. When not covering politics, Welch is an avid runner and fronts a punk rock band that plays frequently throughout the Southwest and California.

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