When is the Last Time You've Had a Raise?

When is the Last Time You've Had a Raise?

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The ringing of the bell means job done well at Saucy Q. The restaurant has been in business for 25 years in the Port City, and the manager credits that to loyal employees.

"A lot of our employees have been with us for 7 to 8 years," said Jerrett Wingfield, CEO of Saucy Q.

He says when it comes to raises, he hasn't been able to give them across the board, and it's something he feels all 13 of his employees deserve.

"Just the uncertainty that's been going on in the past couple of years. It seems like things are coming around and we are getting a solid foundation as far as the economy is concerned, but we are not sure. Therefore, I'm kinda hesitant to give more people jobs, to give people raises that are still currently working with us," said Wingfield.

So, when is the last time you've had a raise?

"Probably as far back as 2006 I would say, and that was just 25 cents or something" said Karen Tenhundfeld.

"Six months ago," said Heather Eagan.

"About 6 - 7 months ago. It was about a dollar more," said Tolbash Malone.

Malone is a delivery worker for Bay Paper Company. He says receiving his raise means more, since nowadays they are hard to come by.

"It really has been a big help as far as this economy. You see a lot of people on their job and a lot of people changing jobs because of the insufficient of being able to obtain a raise," said Malone.

Which is what happened to Colin O'Shea. He was a police officer for Mobile for 8 years. Two months ago, he turned in his badge.

"You can spend years and years nowadays working for the City of Mobile and not see any sort of pay raise. And then that bonus that they threw at us at the end of 2012 was ok but it wasn't enough, which is one reason why I quit," said O'Shea.

The Mobile Chamber of Commerce says it's working to recruit companies to Mobile that pay a certain salary range, and job creation is steadily improving.

"If you look at the trends over the last few years, our average salaries have increased. Now are they as good as they were several years ago? It's not, but considering the current state of the economy and the economy over the last several years, I think we have been extremely fortunate in this community," said Troy Wayman, VP of Economic Development for the Mobile Chamber of Commerce.

Wayman says the Median household income for Mobile and Baldwin counties average 54 thousand dollars. Baldwin is a little higher at 58 thousand and Mobile is 49 or right at 50 thousand. He also says Mobile has an influx of about 17 thousand people that come from Baldwin County to work every day.

"The jobs that we recruit, we want to recruit at a certain salary range. We set a goal from 2008 to 2012 of $38,500 for those jobs. Our actual wage for the 8 thousand jobs created was right at $53,000," said Wayman.

Wayman goes on to say that company expansions like Austal and now Airbus will make a major impact on our local economy. And that's what others like the manager at Saucy Q are hoping for. He says he's finding his turnover rate stagnant, with workers holding on to their jobs a little longer despite pay raises, saying many are just thankful to have a job.

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