Minimum wage increase goes into effect

Minimum wage workers in Mississippi and throughout the country received a pay increase Thursday.

The federal minimum wage increased 70 cents to $6.55 an hour. Some two million U.S. workers will benefit from the raise.

In Hattiesburg, one employment agency, Hub City Employment said the raise in minimum wage means the additional costs for employers will be passed onto the public. Meaning the price of goods and services will likely be higher.

"I can understand how people will think that increase is going to help, however we've seen it happen through years past, when minimum wage goes up, every business that has minimum wage workers will raise the cost of whatever item they are selling," said Lisa Fokakis, owner of Hub City Employment.

Next year, the federal minimum wage will go up another seventy cents, to $7.25 an hour.