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Minimum-Wage Workers Get Federal Raise

The federal minimum wage goes up 70 cents to $5.85 an hour Tuesday. More than a million workers will make around $1,500 a year more than they would have without the increase. It is the first increase in a decade — and two more wage increases are coming. Next year's increase is another 70 cents. Then the following year it goes up again to $7.25 an hour.

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Adam Davidson is a contributor to Planet Money, a co-production of NPR and This American Life. He also writes the weekly "It's the Economy" column for the New York Times Magazine.