Medford, Ore. — Beginning Thursday, minimum wage will increase for thousands of Oregon workers. In Jackson County alone, economists estimate that increase will affect about 12,000 jobs, mainly in retail trade and leisure and hospitality.
“That’s about 1 in 8 workers who will get that next bump up to the $9.75,” Regional economist Guy Tauer says.
“It’ll be really tough to say what the overall impact will be but certainly businesses will be making adjustments.”
Oregon now has the eighth highest minimum wage in the country. It will continue to increase until 2022.
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She came to KOBI-TV/NBC5 from Bangor, Maine where she was the evening news anchor. Kristin has won multiple journalism awards including Best Feature Reporting in the State of Maine. In 2017, her investigation on lead pipes in Medford’s water system was named Best News Series by the Oregon Association of Broadcasters.
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