Guy enjoying Christmas giftRetailers this year anticipate paying seasonal workers an averageof $13.70 an hour, a 54 percent jump from expected pay of $8.90last year. (Photo: Shutterstock)

The labor crunch is only going to get worse asThanksgiving and Christmas loom, and restaurants and retailersacross the U.S. are tossing out perks to fill their workforce holesbefore the holiday rush.

In the Washington D.C. area, cooks at Clyde's Restaurant Groupeateries can now clock out, grab a seat at the bar and get a25-percent discount on oysters and wine. The company added the perkthis year to draw and retain staff.

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