Things are looking up for more than three million American workers. The New Year brought in new laws requiring employers to pay more per hour to those earning the least. Twenty-nine states and Washington, D.C., now exceed the federal minimum wage of $7.25. Washington State offers the highest statewide minimum at $9.47. Some rises add up to just a few cents an hour, but in other states bigger bumps of a dollar or more are expected to help boost the economy.