Server at outdoor cafe To compete for workers, more employers are now willing to offer the maximum hourly wage they feel their business can afford, rather than the minimum required by law. (Photo: Shutterstock)

As the unemployment rate hits a record low, summer hiring is at its strongest in a decade – and employers are competing for workers by offering higher wages and more benefits, according to Snag’s 10th annual Summer Hiring Survey.

The vast majority (95 percent) of the 1,000 retail, restaurant and hospitality employers surveyed say they are adding more shifts for the summer season, and more than half (58 percent) say they intend to hire more summer workers than last year.

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Katie Kuehner-Hebert

Katie Kuehner-Hebert is a freelance writer based in Running Springs, Calif. She has more than three decades of journalism experience, with particular expertise in employee benefits and other human resource topics.

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