Alaska’s minimum wage will increase by a dollar an hour, to $9.75, starting Friday.

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JUNEAU, Alaska — Alaska’s minimum wage will increase by a dollar an hour, to $9.75, starting Friday.

The state labor department estimates 12,000 jobs in Alaska currently pay less than that.

For those working full-time at minimum wage, the department says the increase will mean about $2,000 in additional annual earnings.

Voters in November 2014 approved increasing the minimum wage from $7.75 an hour. The first increase, to $8.75 an hour, took effect in February. The second increase, to $9.75, takes effect Friday. The minimum wage is to be adjusted annually for inflation starting in 2017 and is to remain at least $1 over the federal minimum wage.

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In a release, state labor commissioner Heidi Drygas said the increase is great news for workers who struggle to make ends meet, and long overdue.

Washington’s current minimum wage is $9.47, the highest in the nation. But several states will soon surpass that level.

Seattle’s minimum wage, as required by a law that took effect April 1, is $11 and will gradually move up to $15 by 2021 at the latest.

Information from The Seattle Times archives is used in this report.