Minimum wage to go up 5 cents

Columbus -- Ohio's minimum-wage workers will see a nickel-per-hour boost to their paychecks come January, state officials announced Sept. 29.

As of Jan. 1, Ohio's minimum wage will increase to $8.15 for non-tipped employees (up from $8.10) and $4.08 for tipped ones (up from $4.05) at businesses with annual gross receipts of more than $299,000, according to the Ohio Department of Commerce.

Minimum wage for employees at smaller companies and for 14- and 15-year-old workers will remain at $7.25 per hour, matching the federal rate in those categories.

A constitutional amendment OK'd by voters a decade ago requires the state's rate to increase on Jan. 1 annually to account for inflation. The language required the increase to be decided by the end of September each year.

Ohio's minimum wage was $7.70 for non-tipped employees and $3.85 for tipped ones in 2012. The rate has increased annually since then except this year, when the rate remain unchanged from 2015's numbers, according to the commerce department.

-- Marc Kovac, Capital BureAU