As of March 1, 2011 the Adverse Effect Wage Rates have been issued. These rates cover every state except Alaska. As is always the case, there is a positive increase to the rates. In NY the rate increased to $10.25 per hour marking a $.09 increase over a year ago. The range in the nation is from $12.01 in Hawaii, where they saw the rate increase $.56 over last year to a low of $8.97 in both Mississippi and Louisiana. In both of these states the rate actually went down $.13 from the previous year. The overall average was an increase $.16 per hour nationally. Other states of interest to New York growers are; California $10.31; Florida $9.50; All New England States $10.25; Michigan $10.62; Ohio $10.84; Pennsylvania $10.60; Texas $9.65; Virginia $9.30 and Washington $10.60.