Nine provinces and municipalities have raised minimum wages by 13 percent on average this year, the Economic Information Daily reported Tuesday, citing local government data.
The increases narrowed from a 17 percent average rise in 2013 and a 20.2 percent rise in 2012, the paper said.
Shanghai still tops the mainland with a monthly minimum wage of 1,820 yuan (US$296) and an hourly rate of 17 yuan, according to the report. Beijing raised its wage floor to 1,560 yuan while Tianjin lifted its minimum to 1,680 yuan.
Some enterprises were quoted as saying the government moves have increased pressures on their operations because they prompted workers to demand higher pay.
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