Walmart raises minimum wage, closes Sams Clubs

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It was good news, bad news for Walmart employees Thursday, as the megastore announced it would be raising wages but also shutting down 63 Sam’s Club locations across the nation. Walmart’s boost in pay will give entry-level employees a raise from $9 an hour to $11, which is a substantial hike as the conversation around minimum wage increases and the Fight for Fifteen movement continues. Sadly, though, the other piece of news could mean thousands of Sam’s Club employees will lose their jobs. The Sam’s Club cuts may include locations in Lumberton and Morrisville, which was missing from the store’s online map Thursday. Both items are big news from the nation’s largest private employer, which, in 2013, employed more than 2 million people. In case you were wondering, that’s more people than live in the entire state of Nebraska. In the words of Beyonce, who run the world? Girls (Walmart).