At the same time, the minimum wage for workers in the New York City suburban counties of Westchester, Nassau and Suffolk will increase from $14 to $15, part of a scheduled increase that was part of a phase-in for New York agreed to in 2016.
The wage comes following the economic turmoil created by the COVID-19. The state shed $2 million in the initial weeks of the pandemic. But as businesses reopened, employers reported a worker shortage, and many businesses have increased their minimum pay as a result.
State labor officials pointed to low-wage workers in sectors like retail, hospitality and health care as having been most affected by the job losses.
The minimum wage for counties north of Westchester will increase by 70 cents, from $12.50 an hour to $13.20.
“It makes sense to raise the wage floor now and continue supporting New York’s families while providing a predictable path forward for businesses,” Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon said in a statement. “With today’s action we are continuing the work of building back with equity and justice.”