The U.S. economy added just 266,000 new jobs in April, according to data released Friday by the Labor Department. The unemployment rate unexpectedly rose to 6.1%. Economists surveyed by Refinitiv expected employers to add nearly 1 million jobs and the unemployment rate to fall to 5.8%.
But, as the economy continues to recover from the devastating effects of the coronavirus pandemic, companies are taking initiative and offering benefits, such as more pay and added bonuses, to get people back to work.
Here are some of the major companies offering return-to-work incentive programs.
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The wholesaler raised its minimum wage to $16 per hour to boost worker retention.
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The fast-food chain is working to better pitch themselves as employers by focusing on the pay and benefits its employees want the most.
The retailer is offering $18 per hour for 2,000 workers.
The store raised its minimum wage for 425,000 employees, increasing the average pay to $15 per hour.
Walt Disney World
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The convenience store chain is offering 500 dollars in specific job categories.
Others that are offering incentives include Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches, Royal Farms and Taco Bell.
FOX Business' Sumner Park contributed to this report