No minimum wage increase In North Dakota

(Bismarck, ND) -- Ten-million workers in the nation got a pay raise on Monday, but in North Dakota, there hasn't been an increase in the minimum wage since 2009.

The federally-mandated minimum in the state stands at seven dollars and twenty-five cents, but most employers say they pay more to get workers.

Job Service North Dakota reports the average annual occupational wage employers are paying has increased by 12-percent in the last five years, and by four and a half percent in the last two.

In 2022, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Bismarck's average wage was twenty-six dollars and forty-five cents, which was 11-percent below the national average.