Walmart Leads Industry in Wage Increases — Daily Herald

Walmart’s entry-level wage increases have proven to be a catalyst for increased wages throughout the retail industry:

“Minimum wage increases by states and across major chains, like Walmart and Target, coupled with a tight labor market, have jump-started the income gains. Average hourly earnings for 13.4 million nonsupervisory retail workers surged 5.1% last year for the biggest advance since 1981, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. And they’ve kept rising, hitting $16.65 an hour in July. When adjusted for inflation, that’s the highest level since December 2003.”

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