Walmart announces raises for 2,992 Idaho employees

Walmart announced that 2,992 associates working in Idaho received pay increases as part of the retail giant’s national wage initiative.

Walmart now pays $1.75 an hour more than the Idaho and federal minimum wage, bringing its lowest wage to $9 an hour. The wage increases started April 4 and will be reflected in associates’ April 23rd paycheck. Walmart’s average wage is now $12.49, the store said in a release.

The chain says current associates will be paid at least $10 an hour by February 2016.

The wage increases are part of Walmart’s efforts to encourage associates to pursue long-term careers at the chain, the company says. The initiative includes new training programs to build associate skills and give greater opportunity for promotion, the company says. Walmart is also offering increased scheduling flexibility.