DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Beginning January 1st, minimum wage will go from $7.95 to $8.10.
It’s an increase of $0.15.
“I think it would help people. You know, anything can help,” Audra Champion sympathized. “You know, they’re increasing the rate then that’s great. It’s hard times out here so I would think that would be good.”
Currently, on average full-time employees earning minimum wage make a little more than $300 each week before taxes –that’s more than $16,500 a year before taxes.
Some say those numbers are grim, and that the increase isn’t making matters easier.
“It’s not enough. Of course not, it’s not enough,” Champion exclaimed. “But I mean, if that’s what they’re giving, that’s what they’re giving. You take what you can, but it’s definitely not enough. It should definitely go up way more than that.”
President Obama agrees.
He called for a significant increase on the federal level as well.
The president fought to raise federal minimum wage to $10.10; however, Congress rejected that notion.
He talked about the defeat earlier this year.
“There’s plenty more Congress should be doing from raising the minimum wage to creating good construction jobs rebuilding America,” the president explained.
Local leaders, however, say here at home good job opportunities are on the rise just like minimum wage.
Previously, an officials with Dayton Chamber Commerce explained to 2 NEWS that the jobs in the Miami Valley will meet the mark.
“The Dayton region has somewhere around 20,000 job openings and a lot of those job openings are good jobs in which folks can raise families on and can earn a decent living on,” said Chris Kershner.
In addition to the increase to minimum wage, wages for tipped employees will increase to an hourly wage of $4.05.
The changes will take effect January 1, 2015.