WA minimum wage likely going over $9 hour

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Washington's minimum wage for next year will likely climb to over $9 an hour when the figure is announced Friday by the state Department of Labor and Industries.

The wage is adjusted each year for inflation as measured by the Consumer Price Index for the past 12 months, which is up more than 4 percent.

Washington current minimum wage is $8.67 an hour, the highest in the nation. The new minimum will take effect in January.