Walmart increasing wages for 37,400 workers in Illinois

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ILLINOIS - Walmart officials have announced that it will invest more than $46 million toward providing additional raises for its employees in Illinois.

Officials say the investment is part of a two-year, $2.7 billion initiative, and that the plan will directly affect 37,400 workers in Illinois.  According to a news release from Walmart, the new full-time average hourly wage in Illinois will be $13.43 an hour, and the average wage for a part-time worker will be $10.63 an hour.

Officials also say they will raise wages for employees hired before January 1, 2016 to a minimum of $10 an hour.  Employees hired after January 1, 2016 will start at $9 an hour, and move up to at least $10 an hour after completing the new "Pathways" training program.

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