Ohio's minimum wage is set to increase by 30 cents to $7.70 an hour at the start of 2012.
Officials at the state Department of Commerce said Friday that the increase is part of a constitutional amendment voters approved
in 2006, which says minimum wage will increase each year at the rate of inflation.
The $7.70 rate applies to workers 16 and older who don't get tips.
The wage for tipped employees will be $3.85, a 15 cent increase.
The wage will be required from employers who gross more than $283,000 annually, up from the current $271,000.
For employees at smaller companies, and for 14- and 15-year-old workers, the minimum wage is set to match the federal minimum wage, currently $7.25 per hour.
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