Following one day after Oregon raised its minimum wage, Washington announced it was hiking its minimum hourly rate to $9.04 to adjust for inflation as tracked by the Consumer Price Index (CPI). The rate, up from the current $8.67, is effective Jan. 1, 2012.

Washington and Oregon ($8.80 in 2012) have the two highest state minimum wages in the nation.

Washington update subscribers will receive the new minimum wage panel in their quarterly mailings as soon as it becomes available. Others may inquire about obtaining one by calling Personnel Concepts Customer Service at (800) 333-3795. New purchasers of the Washington All-On-One State and Federal Labor Law Poster will receive the updated panel with their order.