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PHOENIX (AP) — The minimum wage is increasing in Arizona with the arrival of the new year.

The Arizona Republic reports that the state's minimum wage rose Monday by 50 cents to $10.50 an hour and will go even higher in Flagstaff. Unemployment has fallen across the state in recent years.

Arizona's minimum wage stood at $8.05 an hour as recently as 2016. The Jan. 1 increase is part of a series of annual increases approved by voters in November 2016 elections.

The state's minimum wage is scheduled to increase to $12 an hour in 2020, with further increases linked to inflation.

Flagstaff ushered in the new year with a minimum-wage increase of 50 cents to $11 an hour.

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