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Bloomington's Living Wage Ordinance, effective January 1, 2006, requires covered employers to pay covered employees a living wage: the amount that the City of Bloomington believes is sufficient for a working family to meet basic needs in housing, child care, food, clothing, household items, transportation, health care and taxes.

In 2019 the living wage rate is $13.00 an hour, of which up to $1.95 may be in the form of health insurance available to the covered employee. In 2020, it will be $13.21 an hour, of which $1.98 may be in form of health insurance to the covered employee.

The wage is adjusted annually for inflation.