Posted November 30, 2018 06:13:58The latest employment figures for November reveal a huge shift in the way we work at retail stores.
Kroger, Target, and Macy’s have all reported record numbers of openings, while Target has had a steady rise in job openings since the year ended December 2016.
But the big news for the holiday season isn’t just the number of new openings, it’s also the number people are being paid.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average wage at a Kroger store in the fourth quarter of 2018 was $9.65 an hour.
That’s up 5 cents from the year before.
That figure includes $1.00 an hour paid to employees who work at Kroger, which is the same as the average for the year to date.
Krager says that it’s still early in the year, so its hiring the best it can.
The retailer’s hiring is expected to be even higher for the coming weeks.
Target says it’s hiring 10,000 new employees, which it says will keep the company open for several more months.
The average wages for workers at Target have been increasing by about $1 an hour since the end of the year.
This year they’re $9 an hour, which represents an increase of over 10%.
The average wage for employees at Macy’s has been rising by about 9% since the start of the season.
That was $8.20 an hour and the same number as the year ago.
Krogers CEO Brian Johnson says he’s hopeful that this trend will continue.
Johnson said in an interview with ABC News that he is seeing a “significant increase in retail openings across the country, as retail continues to evolve and grow.”
The latest figures show that nearly one-third of retail jobs in the United States were created last year, and the number is expected keep growing as we continue to see retail grow in the 21st century.