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Amazon to raise average hourly pay in October [Video]

Amazon is taking steps to attract more workers in a tight labor market as the busy holiday shopping season approaches.

The ecommerce giant announced Wednesday it’s raising its average starting pay for frontline workers from $18 to $19 an hour.

Warehouse and transportation workers would earn between $16 and $26 an hour, depending on their position and location in the U.S. 

The change comes in October.

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The minimum wage at Amazon will remain $15 an hour.

The company employed roughly 1.5 million workers as of the end of June.

The move comes ahead of a recently announced Prime Day-like shopping event in October.

The company is the latest major retailer to offer holiday deals earlier this year to entice cautious consumers dealing with tighter budgets.

The event will be held October 11 and 12.

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