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Minimum wage hike launches this Labor Day

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(WJBK) - Minimum wage workers across metro Detroit and the rest of the state are getting a small raise this Labor Day.

The minimum wage hike goes into effect today, which means workers are getting 10 percent more in their paychecks.

The wage moves up from $7.40 an hour to $8.15 an hour. The 25 percent overall raise comes in annual increments, capping at $9.25 in 2018.

It directly affects about 4 percent of the state's roughly 2.5 million hourly workers who earn the minimum wage or lower. It could help some who make more since employers likely will adjust their pay scales.

Because of its modest, slow increase and the small number of people making the minimum wage, Michigan State University economist Charles Ballard believes it will help some workers but not "shake the overall economy."

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