JERSEY CITY — Jersey City will be increasing its minimum wage for municipal employees to $17 an hour, Mayor Steven Fulop and the city council announced Thursday.
The minimum wage had previously been $15 an hour. The new wage will go into effect Aug. 23.
“Prioritizing workers and families most impacted by the pandemic, we’re increasing the minimum wage not only to show our appreciation to our dedicated employees, but I hope our efforts will also encourage other leaders on all levels of government to make the same considerations for their low-wage workforce,” said Fulop in a statement. “We are raising salaries for hundreds of hardworking residents and community members to provide their families with a financial boost during these uncertain times and for future planning.”
Jersey City was the first municipality in the Garden State to raise its minimum wage to $15. The raise will affect hundreds of city employees.
“It is my sincere hope that this salary boost will provide financial relief for many Jersey City families, and we look forward to continuing our work together creating the best work environment possible,” added Fulop.