From Barran Leibman eAlert, Volume 13, Issue 29 September 22, 2010
On September 20, 2010, the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries released a statement announcing that Oregon’s minimum wage will be increased from $8.40 per hour to $8.50 per hour effective January 1, 2011.
Oregon’s minimum wage was last increased on January 1, 2009, and this 10-cent increase is said to mirror a 1.15 percent increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) since August 2009. (The CPI measures changes in the prices paid by consumers for goods and services over time and is an indicator of inflation.)
Like Oregon, Washington State reviews its minimum wage annually based on changes to the CPI. It is expected to announce an adjustment to its current minimum wage of $8.55 per hour on September 30, 2010.