Ohio workers get minimum wage increase for 2018

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Starting on January 1, 2018, minimum wage rises by 15 cents-per-hour in Ohio.

Ohio's hourly minimum wage per-hour will rise from $8.15 to $8.30.

Workers who receive tips will get an hourly wage increase from $4.00 to $4.15.

Policy Matters Ohio estimates 150,000 Ohio workers will benefit from the increase.

The organization says nearly 500,000 workers earning slightly more than the minimum wage could also receive pay raises in 2018 as employers adjust their pay rates.

A Policy Matters Ohio researcher says the wage hikes will help boost the state's economy.

Ohio is one of 18 states raising the minimum wage in 2018.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, West Virginia's minimum-wage rate will stay at $8.75-per-hour for 2018.

The federal minimum-wage rate of $7.25 per-hour will remain in effect in 2018.

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