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]>> 10 million jobs added in the US in the past four years? A 17-year-low unemployment rate, but wages have been a disappointment and puzzled economists. But things look like they're finally changing. I'm Reuter's Ann Safir here in Oakland, where the unemployment rate has been falling for years.
And yet wages have really not done that much until recently. We think we have hit a turning point. I am here at the latest Noah's Bagels to open in California. Over half of this bagel chain's 53 stores in California now pay their new hires more then the legal minimum wage.
That's twice as many as in mid-2017, Tyler Ricks is the president.>> It's our biggest challenge, to be honest with you. The labor market's very tight, especially in parts of California, down in the peninsula, Silicon Valley, the City of San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, have been very difficult to find employees.
We have definitely seen that we have had to increase our starting wage, even above minimum wage in many areas to be able to attract and bring in the right talent.>> And he expects to hike pay further this year as he opens five new stores. The Bagel shop isn't alone.
Data and other businesses Reuters spoke to paint a picture of rising wages across the board. Average pay was up by 3% or more in at least half of US States last year, much better than before. And the number of states with the record low jobless rates also jumped in 2017.
President Donald Trump, of course, is claiming the credit.>> We are finally seeing rising wages.>>
>> Although businesses are mixed about how much credit goes to Trump, one thing they are clear about, they'll be paying more to find workers.>>