Average wages for restaurant and grocery store workers topped $ 15 an hour for the first time, according to Labor Department data reviewed by The Washington Post.
The Labor Department reported that in June, the most recent month for which data is available, non-management restaurant workers earned an average of $ 15.31 per hour, an increase of more than 10 % of the $ 13.86 hourly wage employees brought home before the pandemic. , the Post noted.
Grocery store workers made an average of $ 15.04 an hour in June, a seven percent increase from the start of the pandemic.
Workers at seafood markets, office supply stores, liquor stores, child care and janitorial services have also seen their hourly wages exceed the $ 15 threshold, according to the Post. , in addition to car park attendants and people looking after the elderly or disabled.
Overall, nearly 80 percent of all workers in the United States now receive paychecks at home that offer at least $ 15 an hour, according to the Post. In 2014, that number was only 60%.
The United States created 943,000 jobs in July, pushing the unemployment rate down 0.4 percentage points to 5.4%. The increase in jobs came amid a summer rush in travel and leisure spending, as several COVID-19 restrictions were relaxed.
Capitol Hill Democrats attempted to pass a federal minimum wage hike as part of the $ 1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill in February, but the Senate parliamentarian ruled that the increase was no was not in line with fiscal rules.