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Wisconsin's minimum wage now matches $7.25 federal wage

Wisconsin's minimum wage is going up 75 cents an hour today.

The federal wage is also going up, and they'll both be at $7.25 an hour.

Until now, Wisconsin was among six states with a minimum wage below the national figure. The state was at $6.50, while the national wage was at $6.55.

The U.S. Labor Department says the average Wisconsinite who makes the minimum wage will get an extra $112 a month.

The Economic Policy Institute says about 100,000 employees in the state will have their wages rise to the new minimum.

And 96,000 others who make close to the minimum will also get raises, as companies re-adjust their pay scales.

But state business leaders say they expect at least some layoffs as companies must increase their payrolls.

The government said just more than 2 million U.S. hourly workers were paid the minimum wage last year, out of a total of $75 million.

Seven of every 10 workers who get the minimum are in service jobs mostly in food serving and preparation.