27 Sep 2007

American Samoa's Chamber of Commerce ready to assist with study on wage hikes

8:44 am on 27 September 2007

The American Samoa Chamber of Commerce is ready to assist the U.S. government in its economic study on the impact of the recently hiked minimum wages for the territory.

Provisions of the federal minimum wage law require the annual increase of the minimum wage of American Samoa and CNMI until they reach the new federal minimum wage of $7.25.

Prior to the new current wage hikes that went into effect in July, CNMI's minimum was $3.05 per hour while American Samoa varied depending on 18 different industry sectors.

The economic impact study is been carried out by the U.S. Department of Labor.

The Chamber president, David Robinson, said he has received official notification from American Samoa Congressman Faleomavaega Eni about the study, which is well underway, with a preliminary report to be out in November.