Oregon's minimum wage will remain $8.40 an hour in 2010.

Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian announced Wednesday, Sept. 16, the wage is holding steady due to a 1.48 percent decline in the U.S. Consumer Price Index from August 2008 to August 2009.

No provision exists in Oregon law to lower the wage, according to the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries.

The announcement marks the first time Oregon's minimum wage won't increase since voters approved Measure 25 in 2002. The initiative raised the minimum from $6.50 to $6.90 an hour in 2003 and instituted an annual adjustment based on the inflation rate.

Oregon is one of 10 states that annually adjust their minimum wage.

Oregon has the second-highest minimum wage in the country, behind only Washington's $8.55 an hour minimum.

Washington's wage also is expected to hold steady next year.

--Mitch Lies

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