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Minimum wage to increase in Florida

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Updated: 12/19/2013 7:35 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Starting Jan. 1 employers will need to add an extra 14 cents per hour to their employees pay. The new minimum wage is now set at $7.93 per hour.

Some Florida workers will see an additional 14 cents per hour on their paycheck next year.

"It's still a small amount but it will help some people who don't have nothing," said Alvin Xex.

For job seekers like Xex, that extra change would mean a whole lot when he finds employment.
Xex said he's been unemployed for about three years and the job search has been tough.
He said at this point he'll take anything.

"People are in dire straits, there are homeless people -- you're going to take that minimum-wage job," said Xex.

The new raise brings minimum wage in Florida to $7.93 cents per hour. Tipped workers will also see more money with their pay increasing to $4.91 per hour.

The raise will benefit about 416,000 working Floridians.

Candace Moody with Work Source said the agency helps in finding jobs that pay more than minimum wage. Moody told Action News that raising the wage will raise costs.

"I feel so bad that when workers are saying, "Yes, we need the money and we'd love to have it' and businesses are saying, If we do that we're going to incur costs and hurt the very people we're employing,"' said Moody.

Moody said businesses normally start to cut hours and jobs altogether, and some raise the prices of their products in stores.

"Since the minimum wage has been raising throughout the '80s and '90s, we've lost hundreds and thousands of minimum-wage jobs," said Moody.

Despite what could mean losses, Xex thinks any increase could only help.

"Without a doubt it'll help some people. They have nothing," said Xex.

Workers will see the increase starting Jan. 1.

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Truthseeker - 12/20/2013 4:28 AM
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How do the people that decide these things figure that 14 cents per hour is a significant change?
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