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The State of South Dakota has announced a raise in the minimum wage effective January 1, 2017, from $8.55 per hour to 8.65 per hour.

If you work at minimum wage on a 40 hour week, that's a bump of $4.00  per week.

Dawn Dovre with the Department of Labor and regulation explains how the increase is calculated:

The minimum wage is annually adjusted by any increase in the cost of living, as measured in the Consumer Price Index published by the U.S. Department of Labor. This year’s increase was 1.06 percent and is rounded up to the nearest five cents.

The wage for tipped employees will be $4.325 per hour, also effective January 1, 2017, although wages and tips combined must add to the equivalent of at least the minimum wage.

According to Dovre, increases will apply to all South Dakota employers, with some limited exceptions.


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