A new year has given Alaska a new minimum wage – four cents an hour higher than last year’s.

Workers in the state are now required to make $9.84 an hour, a rise from $9.80 an hour in 2017. Under state law, the wage is automatically adjusted each year to keep up with inflation.

An overview from the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development shows that the state’s minimum wage has risen more than $5 from $4.75 an hour in 1996.

Since that year it has increased nine times, including its largest jump of $1.50 to $7.15 an hour in 2003 and $1-an-hour increases in 2015 and 2016.

According to the website 24/7 Wall Street, two Outside cities – Milpitas, Calif. and Minneapolis – will see the nation’s largest 2018 increases in their minimum wages, which will rise by $2.50 an hour.

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