Higher Wage Not Expected to Have Serious Effect on Arkansas Economy

MAY 8, 2006 - Posted at 7:44 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The Legislature's recent minimum wage might not affect that many people.  The increase in the special session last month becomes effective October 1.

A state survey says about 92,000 people will have a guaranteed pay hike because of the $1.10 increase in Arkansas' minimum wage.

The December survey by the state Department of Workforce Services found very few Arkansans, excluding those who wait tables, make the $5.15 an hour minimum or less.  The survey found only 160 people in that category.

The survey says about 92,000 people make above the minimum wage but less than $6.25 an hour.

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