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Delaware's minimum wage will increase to $11.75 in new year. Here's what you need to know

Anyone making minimum wage in Delaware is about to have a little extra change in their pockets come Jan. 1.

In the new year, the state’s minimum wage will be $11.75 an hour, a 12% raise from the current rate of $10.50 an hour.

The increase comes as part of Delaware’s push to make the minimum wage $15 an hour by 2025.

Gov. John Carney speaks outside the Carvel State Office Building in Wilmington ahead of signing a bill to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour.
Gov. John Carney speaks outside the Carvel State Office Building in Wilmington ahead of signing a bill to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

When did this happen?

In June of 2021, lawmakers passed a bill that would raise the minimum wage by at least $1 per year until the state rate reached $15 by 2025.

Will there be more increases?

At the beginning of this year, minimum wage in Delaware jumped from $9.25 to $10.50. After the coming increase to $11.75 in 2023, the rate will increase to $13.25 by Jan. 1, 2024, before reaching the $15 mark by Jan 1. 2025.

BACKGROUND: Delaware General Assembly passes $15 minimum wage, sends bill to Gov. John Carney

Who else is raising minimum wage?

Since January 2014, 28 states and Washington, D.C., have changed their laws around minimum wage, according to the Economic Policy Institute, which has been tracking these changes nationwide.

Tracey Thou, a member of Service Employees International Union and a Wilmington resident, is advocating for a $15 minimum wage in Delaware.
Tracey Thou, a member of Service Employees International Union and a Wilmington resident, is advocating for a $15 minimum wage in Delaware.

The federal government, however, has not raised minimum wage since 2009.

OPINION: A $15 minimum wage will help Delaware businesses succeed

Who isn't included in these wage increases?

A number of employees are exempt from the minimum wage increases.

These include jobs in agriculture, private homes, the U.S. federal government, and the fishing industry, as well as positions like junior camp counselors and inmates participating in Department of Correction programs, according to the Delaware Department of Labor.

This article originally appeared on Delaware News Journal: Delaware minimum wage will increase to $11.75 in 2023. What to know