By Chelyen Davis
Free Lance Star (VA), July 23, 2009
Tomorrow, several million American workers will get a pay raise.
That's the day the federal minimum wage goes up to $7.25 an hour, from $6.55 per hour.
It's the final bump in a three-year phased-in increase for some of the nation's lowest-paid workers.
But this one comes during the worst economic recession in years. Unemployment nationally was at 9.5 percent for June, and the country has lost more than 3 million jobs in 2009 alone.