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Florida minimum wage to go up

TALLAHASSEE – Florida’s minimum wage is going up by 36 cents to $7.67 per hour effective Jan. 1, 2012.

The state’s new Department of Economic Opportunity quietly posted a notice of the increase on its website Saturday.

The increase will add $14.40 to the weekly pay of employees working 40 hours.

The minimum wage goes up to match increases in the cost of living.

It took a lawsuit to force the last increase of 6 cents per hour, which went into effect June 1.

A judge ruled the state erroneously decreased the minimum wage in 2010.

Workers, though, didn’t immediately feel the effects of that mistake. That’s because the federal $7.25 minimum wage was higher than the state’s rate would have been last year even without the error.