The US unemployment rate fell to 3.7%, a 48-year low, in September, according to the monthly jobs report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. At the same time, there are more jobs open than ever, with 757,000 retail-job openings across the US in July, about 100,000 more than a year ago.
As a response, companies are scrambling to win over employees with new perks and higher pay.
On Tuesday, Amazon announced plans to raise the company’s minimum wage in the US to $15 per hour. The company also said it will work to gain Congressional support to increase the federal minimum wage.
Amazon is just the latest in a list of companies to raise minimum wage. While the federal minimum wage remains $7.25 per hour, Business Insider Today reports that most of the largest retailers in the US pay significantly more than that.
In January, Walmart made headlines when it raised its minimum wage to $11 per hour. Target raised minimum wage to $12 per hour, as part of its effort to get to $15 per hour by 2020, in March. In June, Costco announced it was raising the minimum wage from $13 to $14 per hour.
“Our average US hourly wage is in the mid-22s, $22.50 roughly, which we believe dwarfs any other retail or retail-type entity out there on a big scale,” Costco’s CFO Richard Galanti said on a call with investors on Thursday, i n response to a question on Amazon raising its minimum wage.