HARTFORD — The minimum wage in Connecticut increased from the current rate of $11 per hour to $12 as of Tuesday, September 1.
This increase is the result of a new law that schedules gradual increases in the state’s minimum wage over the next several years.
Signed by Governor Lamont on May 28, 2019, Public Act 19-4 requires the minimum wage to increase five times over a five-year period, from the then-rate of $10.10 to $11 on October 1, 2019; $12 on September 1, 2020; $13 on August 1, 2021; $14 on July 1, 2022; and finally $15 on June 1, 2023.
“Nobody working a full-time job should live in poverty,” Governor Ned Lamont said.
“For too long, while the nation’s economy grew, the income of the lowest earning workers has stayed flat, making already existing pay disparities even worse and preventing hardworking families from obtaining financial security.
“This is a fair, modest increase, and the money earned will go right back into our own economy, supporting local businesses in our communities.”
Beginning January 1, 2024, that same law requires the minimum wage to become indexed to the employment cost index, which is calculated by the U.S. Department of Labor, and for the first time in Connecticut the rate will grow according to economic indicators.