The Associated Press
PORTLAND — The minimum wage for Multnomah County employees will be $15 an hour starting in July 2016.
The county Board of Commissioners voted Thursday to gradually increase the wage for the lowest-paid in the county labor force, such as on-call and temporary employees like election workers.
The Oregonian reports about 150 now earn the county’s current minimum wage of $11.99 an hour. The county has more than 5,000 employees overall.
County Chairwoman Deborah Kafoury says Multnomah County is the largest public employer in Oregon to adopt a $15 minimum.
The state minimum wage in Oregon is $9.10. The federal minimum wage is $7.25.