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Latest increase in DC's minimum wage takes effect; lowest wage is now $10.50 an hour

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WASHINGTON — The latest increase in the District of Columbia's minimum wage is now in effect.

As of Wednesday, the minimum wage in the nation's capital is $10.50 an hour. That's higher than in any state, although a handful of cities have approved minimum wages higher than the District's.

The D.C. Council approved the minimum-wage increase in late 2013, and then-mayor Vincent Gray signed it the following year. The wage increased to $9.50 an hour last July. Next July, it will increase by one more dollar to $11.50.

Mayor Muriel Bowser will discuss the increase at a news conference on Wednesday.

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