Walmart, Home Depot and more businesses hiring, raising wages amid coronavirus


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Amid the coronavirus pandemic and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s order to shutdown non-life-sustaining businesses, big retailers are raising wages, hiring, and trying to meet public demands. 

Here’s a list of some companies that have implemented changes for current and future employees. 

Dollar General 

By the end of April, the company plans to hire at least 50,000 employees to help meet public demands. 

“All hourly full-time associates will receive an additional 80 hours of paid sick or personal time, and part-time hourly associates will receive an additional 40 hours of paid sick or personal time,” according to a news  release. 

Lowes has committed $25 million to “support the emerging needs of [their] associates, customers and communities,” according to a news release. 

The company is hiring up to 20,000 new restaurant team members. Most applicants can expect an interview and may even start the same day. 


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Sheetz employees already get paid time off, but the company is giving an additional two weeks off to employees who contract the virus or those who have to self-quarantine due to exposure. 


Walmart announced that it’s hiring 150,000 associates which includes full-time, part-time ad temporary associated in their distribution and fulfillment centers. From now until Memorial Day, pay for hourly associates at fulfillment centers will increase by $2. 

Jasmine Vaughn-Hall is a trends reporter in central Pennsylvania. She’s dishing out most-talked about topics, features, and taco fandom. Contact her at, 717-495-1789 and follow her on Twitter @jvaughn411

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