If you make minimum wage working in the city of Los Angeles, you may be among the estimated 600,000 Angelenos who should have gotten a wage increase. Announced in February by Mayor Eric Garcetti, the hourly rate in the city of Los Angeles was increased to $16.04 and in unincorporated areas of L.A. County it rose to $15.96 effective July 1, 2022.
“We fought to raise the minimum wage because hard work should always be met with the dignity, respect, and opportunity that fair pay brings,” Garcetti said. “Our decision to end poverty wages in L.A. caused a ripple effect across the nation, and this additional increase is the latest reason to celebrate today – and a reminder of how our fight for better wages is far from finished.”
The annual pay adjustment is aimed at ensuring that workers’ wages keep pace with inflationary increases that are part of the larger economy. Employers are required to post an updated bulletin of the new rate which applies to employees who perform at least two hours of work in a week within unincorporated areas of L.A. County.
The increase is in accordance with the Los Angeles Municipal Code, which states that on July 1, 2022, and annually thereafter, the minimum wage will increase based on the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers in the Los Angeles metropolitan area, as published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Pasadena, West Hollywood and Santa Monica are among other nearby cities with minimum rate increases going into effect on July 1.