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Wal-Mart announces raises for Arizona employees

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MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

The biggest employer in our state is giving out some raises in the New Year. Retail and grocery giant Wal-Mart recently announced how many Arizonans will be impacted, and by how much. But does this mean you'll pay more at checkout? 

In February 2016, current employees will get bumped up to at least $10 an hour. The average full-time hourly worker will be pulling in $13 an hour. Wal-Mart isn't leaving new employees in the cold; they're boosting starting pay to $9 an hour. 

Nicole Brown started as a cashier to pay her way through Arizona State University. 

"Just to help pay for tuition, maybe to get me some Ramen on the table just to get me through college," Brown said.

Now she's an assistant manager, and said the morale among her employees is strong. 

"They're a lot happier, all across the board, they're happier," Brown said. 

This is the latest pay bump in a series from Wal-Mart. In Arizona, the company is investing $44 million to make room for more than 33,000 raises.  Experts said wage pressure is on and others will likely follow Wal-Mart's lead. 

"Food service, retail, the coffee shops," said Dennis Hoffman from the WP Carey School of Business.

Hoffman said that even though Wal-Mart claims these costs will not be passed on to the consumer and prices won't rise, something has got to give. 

"They've got to find it in yet other ways, and the way you find that is saving in transportation, packaging, supplier costs," Hoffman said. 

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