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.