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Oregon's minmum wage is going up to $9.10 an hour -- as its adjusted for inflation every year.

 

The increase is expected to generate more than 20 million in new consumer spending for Oregon's economy.

 

But Jason Gettel with "The Oregon Center for Public Policy" says the increase won't be enough to lift most people out of poverty.

 

"The perception is minimum wage workers are teens, but that's not true.  I don't have the numbers in front of  me, but the figure 80 percent sounds right.  Most minimum wage earners are adults."

 

According to the Economic Policy Institute, roughly 80 percent of all affected minimum wage workers living in states with indexed minimum wages, were at least 20 years old.

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