The minimum wage goes up in Minnesota today (Fri) under a law that allows adjustments for inflation. At large employers, it increases from 10 dollars an hour to 10-08…. at small employers from 8-15 an hour to 8-21. James Honerman with the state Department of Labor and Industry notes:

“These state minimum wage rates will not apply to work performed in the cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul because they have higher minimum wage rates.”

Last February before the pandemic hit, estimated 206-thousand jobs outside Minneapolis and Saint Paul paid the minimum wage or less — eight-and-a-half percent of the total.