Across the country, many states and individual municipalities are moving quickly to raise their minimum wages at least somewhat, thanks to widespread recognition that previous levels of pay for workers simply weren't enough to live happy, healthy lives.
Warehouses in just about every part of the country are facing similar issues today: There often aren't enough people willing to put in the work available to fully staff every open warehouse job.
Many parts of the country - especially those in and near major metropolitan areas - have seen the number of warehouses within their borders surge in the past few years.
Several states have been considering ways to improve their economies in recent years, and a growing number seem to have arrived at the idea of boosting their minimum wages to stimulate economic activity.
Across the U.S., the number of warehousing projects in almost every region continues to grow at a breakneck pace.
The market for warehousing space doesn't seem to be going anywhere any time soon, and that may be especially true in southern states.
One of the big trends in state government this year is that lawmakers are now thinking about ways the state's lowest-paid workers can be better-compensated.
Many warehousing businesses are seeing increased activity from suppliers and clients alike, which often requires them to hire more people.
Calls for an increase in the federal minimum wage have reached a fevered pitch in the U.S. over the past few years, as the "Fight for 15" movement has gained significant support among the general public as well as lawmakers.
Across the U.S., warehouses have been going up quickly, especially in regions near major cities.
A number of cities and states voted to raise their minimum wages at the start of 2019, so workers are already enjoying the fruits of those regulatory changes.
Like many other regions in the U.S., the Midsouth has been in impressive shape during the economic recovery, allowing businesses of all types to create more jobs.
While there are many factors that go into determining what is a reasonable salary for low-paid workers, the need to raise the minimum wage is being recognized in a large and growing number of states across the country.
With the explosion in warehousing activity in recent years, it is understandable that heavy hiring comes with it.
The results of the recent election shifted the power balance in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Over the past several years, many states have made the decision to raise their own minimum wages above and beyond what is mandated by the federal government.
Like many regions of the U.S. since the end of the recession, the Southeast has seen many warehousing efforts spring up in recent years to support a number of industries.
As more states across the U.S. are poised to raise their minimum wages - often significantly - at the start of 2019, talk of following suit is also starting to pick up in a number of other places nationwide.
For most of the last several years, perhaps the fastest-growing sector in Eastern Pennsylvania has been the warehousing industry.
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