Minimum wage hikes expected in NYC shortly

FILE- In this July 22, 2015, file photo, activists cheer during a rally after the New York Wage Board endorsed a proposal to set a $15 minimum wage for workers at fast-food restaurants with 30 or more locations in New York. The first question in the GOP presidential debate on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015, whether the minimum wage should go to $15 an hour, showed that U.S. workers have managed to thrust the issue of pay onto the presidential campaign agenda. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Unemployment rates fell in more than half of U.S states in November as employers stepped up hiring.

State workers will eventually earn $15 an hour, but will be implemented in phases.

The wage will increase to $12 an hour in New York City and $10.75 in the rest of the state starting 2016.

It will reach $15 an hour in New York City by 2018 and by 2021 everywhere else.

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