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Minimum wage rising to $9.75 an hour in Alaska


JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's minimum wage will be among the highest in the country, increasing by a dollar an hour, to $9.75, starting Friday.

The state labor department estimates 12,000 jobs in Alaska currently pay less than $9.75 an hour.

For those working full-time at minimum wage, the department says the increase will mean about $2,000 in additional annual earnings.

Voters in November 2014 approved increasing the minimum wage from $7.75 an hour. The first increase, to $8.75 an hour, took effect in February.

The minimum wage is to be adjusted annually for inflation starting in 2017 a...

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