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Published: Jan 03, 2022 5 min read
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Millions of American workers got automatic raises on New Year’s Day. According to a report from the National Employment Law Project, 21 states and 35 cities and counties started off 2022 by hiking their minimum wage.

In two of those states — New York and California — and in 31 cities and counties, the minimum wage rose to $15 per hour or more for some or all workers as of Jan. 1. And by the end of 2022, 44 cities and counties will have minimum wages that exceed $15 per hour for at least some workers, the report says.

Those 44 places are:

  • Arizona: Flagstaff
  • California: Alameda, Belmont, Berkeley, Burlingame, Cupertino, Daly City, East Palo Alto, El Cerrito, Emeryville, Fremont, Half Moon Bay, Hayward, Los Altos, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Malibu, Menlo Park, Milpitas, Mountain View, Novato, Oakland, Palo Alto, Pasadena, Petaluma, Redwood, Richmond, San Carlos, San Francisco, San Jose, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Monica, Santa Rosa, Sonoma, South San Francisco, Sunnyvale, West Hollywood
  • Colorado: Denver
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Illinois: Chicago
  • Maryland: Montgomery County
  • Washington: SeaTac, Seattle