This Friday, the federal minimum wage will increase to $7.25, a 10.7 percent increase. Currently, 75,000 Georgia workers earn at or below the minimum wage rate, and this increase will amount to approximately $112 in additional monthly earnings for these workers.
Some feel the increase is long overdue and not enough considering the current economic climate, while small business owners, especially those in the restaurant industry, fear the mandatory increase could force them to lay off workers, and not hire additional staff.
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