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Minimum wage will officially jump to $12.50 this week across Upstate



Minimum wage is officially increasing.

While the news isn’t new it will become a reality this week for business owners across the state.

Altogether regions in Upstate New York will see minimum wage jump 70 cents to $12.50.

The goal of the state, several years ago, was to move the state toward the $15-an-hour threshold. It’s unclear when, or if Upstate will reach that marker, but it has been increasing annually for the last several years.

According to a report from the New York State Department of Labor, the state achieved record-low unemployment levels before the pandemic.

Last year minimum wage jumped from $11.10 to $11.80. Business groups have said that with the pandemic already hurting struggling small businesses, this added pressure will result in even more lost jobs.