Portland, OR -

Oregon's labor commissioner says the state's hourly minimum wage will rise past the $9 mark in January -- to $9.10.

It's a 15-cent increase -- from the current $8.95 -- and keeps Oregon's minimum wage as the second-highest in the country, behind Washington state.

The increase is automatic and tied to the U.S. Labor Department's Consumer Price Index.

Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian said Tuesday the increase will put an additional $20 million in the hands of Oregon's lowest-paid workers.

Avakian says there are about 98,000 people earning minimum wage, most of whom work approximately 30 hours per week.