Minimum Wage In SF Increased To $16 An Hour

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The minimum wage for all people working in San Francisco city can now expect to earn $16.32 for every hour of work, officials said Thursday. 

The rise in minimum wage comes after the unemployment rate throughout the city fell to 5.1% in May. In comparison, the unemployment rate soared to 13% in April 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic had a grip on the United States. 

“After a year that highlighted how much we all rely on essential workers, San Francisco knows that business stability and worker protections are not mutually exclusive. A great city must treat workers fairly and equitably,” Patrick Mulligan, Director of the San Francisco Office of Labor Standards Enforcement, said, according to KRON 4

Nationally, the federal minimum wage is set at $7.25 per hour. The figure has remained unchanged since 2009. 

In the state of California, the minimum wage is $14 per hour for businesses with 26 or more employees and $13 for establishments with 25 or fewer workers.