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Companies pushing to hire more workers, offering raises

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Posted at 9:22 PM, Mar 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-25 08:01:56-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — With more empty shelves than usual at stores around Las Vegas, some companies are trying to meet the demand during the COVID-19 crisis.

Walmart, Target, Amazon and Smith’s are a few of the companies hiring, and some are even offering raises and bonuses to current employees.

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Dollar General says they’re looking to hire 50,000 new employees.

However, safety is a top priority for current staff as they remain open to purchasing essential items, according to Dollar General.

“We’re working to remind them about all the steps they should be doing to help avoid the spread of the virus,” says Crystal Ghassemi, Dollar General.

As for the job openings, Dollar General has a mix of temporary and permanent roles.

“Certainly some of these opportunities that start off as temporary could grow to long-term career opportunities,” says Ghassemi.

For those already on the payroll at Target, all full-time and part-time workers at stores and distribution centers will get a $2 hourly wage increase through the beginning of May.

13 Action News Financial Analyst Steve Budin says although companies are trying to quickly hire, they also want to keep as many current workers as they can.

“If I have a company and I have a good set of employees, it is in my interest to pay them more money to prevent them from going elsewhere,” says Budin.

Walmart is not only looking to hire 150,000 new workers, but they’re also offering bonuses of $300 for full-time employees and $150 for part-time employees.

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“If the demand for their product is going up and they need to hire more people to generate more profit, that’s what they’re going to do,” says Budin.