June 13, 2016 – . sltrib.com – In February of this year the U.S. government set American Samoa, the new government rate at $4.88 per hour but the local government has put it at $5 an hour.
The previous minimum rate for government workers was $4.41.
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Director of human resources Le’i Sonny Thomson said the new starting rate would mean an annual salary of $10,400.
The last time the minimum wage for government employees was increased was back in 2003.
The rate was recommended by a task force that Gov. Lolo Moliga appointed to come up with a minimum living wage that took into consideration living costs.
In September 2009, A magnitude 8.0 earthquake struck the Pacific near American Samoa, triggering towering tsunami waves that gushed over the island and leaving at least 22 people dead.
On September 30, 2009 American Samoa Gov. Togiola Tulafono, speaking from Hawaii, said Tuesday’s quake ranked “right up there with some of the worst” disasters on the island. He said about 50 people had been treated for injuries so far but he expected that number to rise.