Why it’s So Hard to Hire Retail Workers Right Now

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In the early days of the pandemic in 2020, many large retailers discovered that their frontline employees – deemed essential workers – weren’t incentivized to put their health at risk for $8 to $10 an hour on average. While the current administration is working to raise the minimum wage on a federal level, many states are doing the same, however the highest current minimum wage is in the state of Washington at $13.69 an hour. 

There were 878,000 job openings in the retail sector in March of 2021, up 53% from the same month last

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