There’s a slight increase in our area when it comes to what it costs to get by.

The Ontario Living Wage Network says the living wage for Perth-Huron has gone from $17.44 an hour to $17.55 an hour this year.

The United Way Perth-Huron says a living wage is how much it costs for an average family of four, with two incomes coming in, to pay for basic living expenses.

United Way Perth-Huron Executive Director Ryan Erb says there wasn’t one main reason for the increase.

“The increase was basically inflationary so it was marginal increases in a number of different categories, not one thing stood out, however, we would say that we are anticipating the housing costs to increase more significantly next year.”

Erb adds that a number of businesses in the area over the past year have become certified living wage employers.