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Ohio's Minimum Wage Increases Again On January 1, 2022

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Ohio’s minimum wage is increases on January 1 to $9.30 an hour. That's .50 cents more than in 2021.

Still, Policy Matters Ohio Executive Director Hannah Halbert said the new minimum wage is about half of what low-wage workers need to actually be able to afford a two-bedroom apartment and basic necessities.

“That increase is just keeping folks tacked to inflation,” Halbert said.

Halbert credits that increase to a voter-approved initiative in 2006 designed to allow the minimum wage to keep up with inflation over time. But Halbert said a real increase is needed in the minimum wage.

Halbert said someone earning minimum wage for 40 hours a week would make about $19,000 – still below the federal poverty level for a family of three. She said most minimum wage jobs do not allow workers to get to 40 hours a week. Een if they do, Halbert said recent studies show vast disparities between what average workers make and the people at the top of companies.

“Working people are getting short-changed while CEO’s are raking it in,” Halbert said.

Halbert said in 2020, the average CEO of top Ohio employers made 322 times what the average worker in those businesses earned.

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Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment.