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Calif. Minimum Wage to Reach $10 an Hour by 2016

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill on Wednesday that will increase the California minimum wage to $10 per hour by 2016.

The state Senate had approved the bill on Sept. 12.

California's minimum wage is currently at $8. It will first rise to $9 per hour in July 2014, then reach $10 per hour in January 2016.

Once it reaches $10, California will have the highest minimum wage in the country.

Washington State currently has the nation's highest minimum wage at $9.19 per hour.

The federal minimum wage is currently $7.25 per hour.

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